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Rogue One is the first Star Wars Story. These movies take place in-between the main movies.  They allow us to explore the larger universe and get to know characters better. Cory and John move past they hype and give their impressions. Join the Rebellion!

Rogue One:

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…  Even though we don’t have the screen crawl we are clearly in that universe.  Rogue One takes place prior to the events of A New Hope.  I (Geoff) for one have been looking forward to this tale.  Because we get to see some of the history of the universe in a way that feels organic and gives us room to move.  Too many times stories like this can feel shoehorned in, but with the Star Wars universe it is not going to be that way.

Once again the producers worked and bringing in a solid cast of veteran actors and actresses along with new comers with great potential. Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) and her Rouge One Crew (Alan Tudyk, Forest Whitaker, Donnie Yen, Diego Luna) work with the Rebellion’sGeneral Draven (Alistair Petrie), Mon Mothma (Genevieve O’Reilly) & Bail Organa (Jimmy Smits) to fight the Empire and their leaders Tarkin, Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn) and of course Darth Vader (James Earl Jones). Thrown in the mix is Galen Erso (Mads Mikkelsen) Jyn’s father.

The movie has a slow start, but in my mind that is OK because for the most part we know NONE of these characters.  But we do have good action, warfare on the ground and in space.  We deal with family issues, trust issues and yes even the force.  I think people who have enjoyed the extended universe books, the animated series and audio dramas will appreciate this movie for what it is  A Start Wars Story. We are getting to see the people in the universe who are not in the Skywalker circle.  The universe is big and the movie shows how difficult forming the Rebel Alliance is, how shaky things are, and how hard the fight is.  Many people have given their lives to make the Rebellion possible.  Without them Luke wouldn’t have one to join.

Closing Thoughts:

I think it is a solid film, like most films it has some flaws.  But it is worthy of being a part of the universe.  Go and see it with an open mind and dig in to it.  May The Force Be With Us All!

Music:

Buy Michael Giacchino’s epic soundtrack here after you take a listen.

Coming In 2017:

The next Triplecast is: “9 to 5”; movies set in minimum wage environments. Hosts Cory and John will be discussing Clerks, Empire Records and Waiting.

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