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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story


A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…


You know when you see that sentence that a Star Wars experience is about to pop off and Rogue One does not disappoint.

Like with any franchise, there are elements that need to be consistent in order for the film to work and Star Wars is no different.  The droids provide the much-needed humor, the heroine is gorgeous, tough, fit vulnerable, the leading man needs to have a heroic streak and a battle has to ensue in order to save the planet.

Like everyone else,  I seriously wondered what else could we possibly learn about the galaxy, the Rebellion or its characters and then Gareth Edwards brought us Rogue One.

This much-anticipated installment takes us back to the humble beginnings of how Princess Leia ends up with the plans for the Death Star, setting up for the epic saga we now know as Star Wars.  It is that moment when you realize, “Oh yeah…this is why I love tis franchise”!!!


Directed by Gareth Edwards, who is no stranger to Sci-Fi action adventure flicks, literally only had one moment where things were just a tad slow during one of many battle scenes.  However, by the time you realize it, the action is back in full swing and your attention is right back with the force.

Other than the original, this cast, led by Oscar winner Felecity Jones is by far my favorite.


Jones (Jyn Erso, the daughter of Galen Erso ) played by Mads Mikkelsen, a scientist whose allegiances straddle the line. One character who NEVER straddles the line is Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn), is simply one of the most marvelous villains  to date complete with a cape that billows as he struts down a starship catwalk.  He can definitely give Doctor Strange a run for his money.

While I was ecstatic to see much diversity in the galaxy in the way of Forrest Whitaker (Saw Gerrera, his presence in the film is way too brief…but memorable.  However, my favorite characters were the blind monk (Donnie Yen) and his loyal bearded protector (Wen Jiang).  Their scenes were funny, prolific and heart-breaking.

Of course, I would be remiss in not mentioning the latest droid to the franchise…K-2SO, who is brilliantly acted and voice by Alan Tudyk, with all the sarcasm as fervor these types of characters need to be effective amongst all the chaos popping off behind them.

As an avid fan of the franchise, I was not disappointed and can’t wait for the next installment.  Like The Force Awakens, the next Star Wars: Episode VIII  will feature yet another Carrie Fisher relative…her  granddaughter and “Scream Queen” star Billie Lourd as Lieutenant Connix.  I can’t wait!!!!

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY arrives in theaters everywhere on December 16th in 3D, Real D 3D and IMAX 3D!



I love, love love movies, watching them and discussing them...thus the birth of The Curvy Film Critic!!! Host/Producer/FilmCritic,Carla Renata is a member of such esteemed organizations as Critics Choice Association (Co-President Documentary Branch), African American Film Critics Association, Online Association of Female Film Critics and Alliance of Women Film Journalists. My op-eds or features have been seen in VARIETY,, Maltin on Movies, The Cherry Picks, IGN Movies, as well as being a frequent Guest Contributor to Fox 11-LA, Good Day LA, ET Live!, Turner Classic Movies, KCRW Press Play with Madeline Brand, The Cherry Picks, The Stream Team (Beond TV) ITV, Fox Soul's The Black Report, The ListTV and more. Catch my reviews on The Curvy Critic with Carla Renata - LIVE!!! Sundays 5pm PST via You Tube or Facebook Live. If you like what you read please shout me out and subscribe to The Curvy Critic on YouTube. You can chat with me across all social media platforms @TheCurvyCritic and as always, thanks for supporting a sista'

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