I managed to make it to the local multi-plex recently, in spite of some lousy weather, to see Rogue One with the family, along with our annual Christmas exchange. I’ll try to do my best not to post any major *SPOILERS* but won’t promise anything for sure.

For anyone who doesn’t know by now, this is not in the “series” of Star Wars films, as far as episode I, II, III, etc.. I guess, however, you could call this “Episode 3.5.” Produced by Lucasfilm and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, the film is chronologically set after the events of Revenge of the Sith and immediately before the events of A New Hope.

I do notice a couple things about this Star Wars story, possible *spoilers*, although nothing too important. The main John Williams “Star Wars March” is not included in the music score and there is no opening “crawl” providing an update on the latest happenings in the Star Wars universe.

Rogue One was directed by Gareth Edwards, who previously directed the 2010 CGI-animated Monsters as well as the recent 2014 reboot of Godzilla. He remains true to the storytelling and action format of all the other Star Wars films.

The story follows Jyn Erso, the daughter of the unwilling designer of the Galactic Empire’s superweapon, the Death Star, and her quest to retrieve his plans for destroying it.

Felicity Jones (“The Theory of Everything”) is our heroine, and she is great in the lead role — I see her character’s nick-name, “Stardust” actually in her immediate future. Her co-star, Diego Luna (“Elysium”, “Blood Father”), is also great in the co-starring role.

Chinese martial arts star, Donnie Yen, is pretty awesome as a blind warrior who believes in the Force, and I had to look into this, but Alan Tudyk (“Firefly”) in many ways steals the show in the “comic relief” department as “K-2SO,” a Rebel-owned Imperial enforcer droid whose memory is wiped by Andor. He sort of reminds me of a robotic version of “Sheldon” from TV’s “Big Bang Theory.”

Heavy hitters, Oscar winner Forest Whitaker and Mads Mikkelsen, also play major characters. And O-M-G, the filmmakers managed to recreate, using a CGI digital technology likeness, Peter Cushing! Absolutely AMAZING!! I give this movie almost a perfect rating — a 9/10 at IMDb! Loved this!”


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Chad Spar
Chad Spar
Charles (known as "Chad" to his friends) Spar is an all-around "renaissance man", having worked in the psychology profession, the publishing industry, and is also an occasional actor. He majored in creative writing at Bowling Green State University, and also studied theater and acting at Ohio State University and Ohio Northern University. He has attended "Actors Creative Training", studying under Richard Brander (who coached such actors as Kevin Costner and Chuck Norris). He currently resides in Ada, Ohio.