Rogue One: Why It’s The Best Star Wars Movie Ever Made After ‘The Empire Strikes Back’

Rogue One: Why It’s The Best Star Wars Movie Ever Made After ‘The Empire Strikes Back’

Set between Episode III and Episode IV, Rogue One remains one of the best Star Wars movies ever made in the 21st century. We could even go so far as to say that Rogue One is second only to The Empire Strikes Back in terms of quality.

Rogue One focuses more on the actual war

Gritty and grounded

Frankly, almost all Star Wars movies are guilty of this. Despite the word ‘Wars’ appearing in the title, the actual element of War escapes the franchise. Most of the time, it feels like Star Wars has taken the back seat in world building and made the battles as expansive and all-encompassing as possible. The movies fell… shall we say small. But Rogue One was the film that managed to get us into the thick of the battle. From off-planet cities to outer space and even the ground battles, everything looked real and screamed a war between two space-based superpowers. There were dogfights and battle scenes in other Star Wars movies. But Rogue One had the audacity to make it as visceral as possible.

Rogue One Shows Rebels Are Not Flawless

The Rebellion Wasn’t a Cakewalk

A New Hope showed the rebels as a force for good. they were noble soldiers united in their fight against the scourge of the Galactic Empire. That was not the case. In fact, it cannot be the case. No one should be shown so perfectly. At a time when Hollywood is experimenting with morally gray protagonists, Rogue One giving us a not-so-perfect Rebellion move is a welcome gesture. The rebel leaders were scattered and divided. It was the Battle of Scarif that united them against the Empire. The film makes them look more authentic as a force for good.

The Scariest Darth Vader We’ve Ever Seen

Darth Vader’s Hallway Scene

When the trailer showed us that Darth Vader is coming, everyone thought it was a cheap trick to get more viewers. Rogue One proved us all wrong. The way they used everyone’s favorite Sith Lord in the movie was commendable. Darth Vader’s boarding scene evokes fear and respect of extreme proportions. That scene will be talked about until the end of time. The interrogation scene with director Krennic was extremely captivating. It is rumored that Darth Vader was added to the script based on a market research survey of test audience response. They’ve done their homework to bring Vader to Rogue One. And then they blew us all away.

Not with the power


the Force is the best concept ever to emerge from Star Wars lore. An almighty cosmic web that weaves all life together can give you divine powers by harnessing the Force. But only a select few individuals can truly master it, with nearly 99 percent of the Galaxy unaware of and unable to use the Force. It was a good thing Rogue One gave us a movie that didn’t involve the Force, a trend they continue with Solo: A Star Wars Story. Being Star Wars, Rogue One had to take the concept in one form or another by having the Force-prone warrior monk Chirrut. But overall, Rogue One was a story of ordinary people in a galaxy far, far away.

It’s gloomy and hopelessly depressing as it should be

The end justifies the means

The movie is depressing because it literally involves a suicide mission. Rogue One was a series of events leading up to A New Hope. The characters knew what they were getting into. The audience knew it was NOT going to be a happy ending. Jyn Erso and the gang have sacrificed their lives to give the galaxy what Princess Leia claims they have now in the excellent final scene – “Hope”. The events of Rogue One were so gritty and depressing because they had to be. It was only after that surreal ending that the victory of the Rebellion and the end of the Empire felt so satisfying. Rogue One was all about pain and suffering so that the galaxy has a better chance of escaping it.

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