If you’re a Star Wars fan, then you’ve seen Rogue One, the latest film in the franchise and a sort of standalone movie. (If you’re a Star Wars fan and have NOT seen Rogue One, then you’re not a fan — sorry.)
I went into the viewing with low expectations. Why the hell would they make a standalone film? Money, of course. Disney is milking their cash cow. Fine, that’s their right.
My low expectations were totally wrong. For me, Rogue One was the second best of all the Star Wars movies. It was expertly plotted, with a sharp cast who were all believable. Rogue one managed to capture the slightly dated atmosphere of the originals while keeping a modern tone. The action was very well paced, and the special effects took a backseat to storytelling.
There were two action sequences that I found unbelievable. One involved inhuman jumping. The other, holding on for life in the pouring rain. Both impossible! But for an action film, such is expected.
Other than that, it was fun as hell. We also got Darth Vader and Princess Leia! I’m not complaining.
So here’s my list of the top Star Wars films so far:
- The Empire Strikes Back
- Rogue One
- A New Hope
- The Force Awakens
- Return of the Jedi
Oh, and I’m not including the prequel trilogy. I like to pretend those crappy movies never existed.