Year of Release: 2016
Genre: Science Fiction
Related to/Remake of: Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi, Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi
Directed By: Gareth Edwards
Music By: Michael Giacchino
Basic Plot: An orphaned young woman is recruited by the Rebellion to track down her father, a scientist working with the Empire to develop a new weapon designed to once and for all crush the rebels. Along the way, she meets and eventually joins forces with various other individuals bent on stopping the Empire, no matter the cost. (If the factions mentioned in this synopsis don’t make sense to you, you’ve probably never seen a Star Wars movie)
Rating (Out of 4): 3
Pros: A great group of characters make up the rag-tag rebel force out to prevent the Empire from unleashing its ultimate weapon on the galaxy. Good comic relief coming mainly from the robot character, K-2SO. The last hour is some genuinely exciting stuff.
Cons: This movie is really missing a thundering, rousing John Williams’ score. Fairly slow moving at times during the first half. Certain key creatures don’t look as convincing due to CGI.