By Kevin Chang

What is Rogue One: A Star Wars Story? The movie takes place right before the events of the original trilogy (A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi) and does an amazing job tying together not only the original trilogy, but even the prequels. For new Star Wars fans, the action and suspense are sure to keep you on the edge of your seat, and for longtime lovers of the series, the amount of easter eggs, the expansion of the universe, and all the little details, bringing back waves of nostalgia in true Star Wars fashion, does not disappoint.

Most recent film, Star Wars the Force Awakens, and especially the prequels,  left many with the feeling that the movies were lazily written, poorly thought out, and were made to milk the cash cow that is Star Wars. This is not the case for Rogue One, although it did smash the box office, raking in over 350 million dollars in less than two weeks. I had my doubts when I first saw trailers for it earlier this year, and was completely unsure what to expect when I walked into the theater. What followed over the next 2 hours and 13 minutes was a story and a movie completely unmatched by any of the modern Star Wars films. It  wasn’t just a great Star Wars movie, it was a great movie period.

Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) and Captain Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) are complex and realistic, not your traditional heroes, but you find yourself attached to them and feel as if you’re by their side, actually a part of the rebellion. The pure evilness of the Empire is further shown throughout, with amazing scenes of battle and destruction sure to give you the goosebumps, and a phenomenal Darth Vader depiction, not overdoing it and tarnishing the legacy created in the originals.

If you’re a Star Wars fan, this movie is an absolute must see. If you’re unfamiliar with the Star Wars universe, this is still a great movie that was well written and produced, unlike some of the more recent movies that make it hard to become involved with the characters, and really root for them. In Rogue One, you’ll want to fight for the Rebellion and take down the tyranny of the Empire.