“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is a film that will be loved by most “Star Wars” fans. It is a mixture of old and new and the ending perfectly leads into the first-ever “Star Wars” film, “A New Hope”. This prequel tells how the Death Star plans were stolen from the Empire, and it is an intriguing story. In fact, there is an explanation as to why there is a flaw in the thermal exhaust port, something many viewers assumed was simply a fault. It seems it was intentional and the story behind it is fascinating. Without plot spoiling, many characters from “A New Hope” are seen in the new film and they all look amazingly like the original characters. It is already known that James Earl Jones once again voices the character of Darth Vader and Vader is at his pre-repentant worse, i.e, evil personified.
As expected in a “Star Wars” film, there are several battles and fights; X-wings and T.I.E. fighters go at it in dog fights, not to mention the Imperial Walkers wreaking havoc. People do die, but there is almost no blood in any of it–surprisingly very sparingly seen. Then again, it is a Disney film and this is one that we are recommending for family members ages 12-plus. Parents should consult the content listing as some parents will be fine with their kids a bit under 12 watching the movie, but it is not intended for the very young. “Star Wars” is back, and this new movie—happily—contains a lot of familiar faces yet within an original story.