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24/12/2016
I don't know what it is about Star Wars but unlike with the Lord of the Rings I can never remember names, places, plot lines or family relations in this franchise. It never stops me however from enjoying the films, old or new. And this latest one is no exception. I very much liked Rogue One, although the ending was a bit sad.
I loved seeing Mads Mikkelsen and Ben Mendelssohn, both very good actors although they did not have very much to do here. This is more of a film about action, plot and visuals rather than about showing off acting chops, which is ok. It all worked for me and I have a new favourite character - K-2SO voiced by the fantastic Firefly star Alan Tudyk. Best comic relief ever.
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Reviewer Kerry Smith
15/12/2016
Turning back the years, Rogue One sets out to emulate the impact of the original Star Wars almost 40 years ago. There's plenty of action, heroes, a familiar villain and the usual heavy orchestral soundtrack. The film makers did well to link this movie to the one that follows it in the timeline but was released back in 1977. There are clever links to characters or events in what is now known as The New Hope, including the final scene which drives home that Rogue One is set just days before the original movie. Also returning are the X-Wings and TIE fighters which once again engage in heated battle. CGI is used to reverse the age of some actors so that they can play the character they played back in the 70's and fully recreate one who was central to the story as the late Peter Cushing reprises his role as Grand Moff Tarkin, commander of the Death Star. But the attention to detail is great, right down to the names of the X-Wing squadrons, in fact some of the actors who played the pilots return adding familiar voices.

If you are a fan of Star Wars, go see it, you will not be disappointed. And if you just like a good action movie, go see it, because there is plenty of that. For me, STAR WARS is back, and long may the Force be with us.
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