I saw Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Lucasfilm) for the second time recently. The first time was at the theater and the second time was via Disney Movies Anywhere and Roku. I’m a big Star Wars fan and I really enjoyed the sci-fi film. Unlike the other Star Wars movies I’ve seen, Rogue One is a standalone story. Remember the very first Star Wars film (A New Hope)? In the story, Luke destroys the Death Star thanks to plans stolen by the rebels. Rogue One is about the rebels who stole the plans that revealed the weakness in the Death Star. Note: I received a movie kit for reviewing the film on my blog. As always, the opinions expressed are mine and I am not obligated to write a positive review.
It’s a Standalone Star Wars Story
As I mentioned previously, Rogue One is a standalone story. Previous Star Wars characters do make appearances in the movie, but they are not really part of the main story. In fact, even though Darth Vader makes a couple of appearances, Rogue One doesn’t really have anything to do with Jedi’s or Siths. And from what I can remember, the only lightsaber scenes are at the end when Rogue One is tied in with A New Hope. If you’re a Star Wars fan, Rogue One is definitely worth watching. However, I have to admit, it was a little strange to watch a Star Wars movie that doesn’t involve a conflict between a Jedi and a Sith.
Two Thumbs Up for K-2SO and Chirrut Îmwe
The two main characters are Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) and Cassian Andor (Diego Luna). Jyn, like the women in many Disney films, is a strong character. She’s reluctant to help the rebels at first, but once she’s in, she’s in all the way to the end. Jyn and Cassian are fine characters, but my two favorites characters are K-2SO (Alan Tudyk) and Chirrut Îmwe (Donnie Yen). K2 is a reprogrammed droid. He has an attitude and the things he say are funny. Chirrut is a blind martial artist that believes he’s at one with the Force. He has a very likable personality.
The Rest of the Cast
Other cast members include Wen Jiang (Baze Malbus), Ben Mendelsohn (Orson Krennic), Guy Henry (Governor Tarkin), Forest Whitaker (Saw Gerrera), Riz Ahmed (Bodhi Rook), Mads Mikkelsen (Galen Erso), Jimmy Smits (Bail Organa), Alistair Petrie (General Draven), Genevieve O’Reilly (Mon Mothma), Ben Daniels (General Merrick), and Paul Kasey (Admiral Raddus). Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was directed by Gareth Edwards.
Available Now on Disney Movies Anywhere
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is available now on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere, and will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On-Demand on April 4th. I watched the new Star Wars movie recently on digital HD via Disney Movies Anywhere and Roku. I have to admit, I wasn’t a big fan of digital movies when they first became available. I’m a big fan of digital films now. I can stream movies to practically any device anywhere. In addition, I don’t have to find a physical place to store the DVD or Blu-ray. I’ve actually run out of room on my book case for my movie library. Right now they are double stacked!
Roku Streaming is Easy
The Roku streaming device is easy to use. Just plug it into your TV’s HDMI port and a power outlet. Then you can use the remote to set up your Roku Express setting. The remote, which is included with Roku, is a lot easier to use than the typical TV remote. The Roku remote even features four channel shortcut buttons for quick access to Netflix, Amazon, Sling and Google Play. It’s too bad the buttons are not programmable. I would love to swap out the Sling button for a VUDU or Disney Movies Anywhere button.
Special Digital Features
Digital bonus offerings may vary by retailer, but these are the extras I see listed on VUDU:
- A Rogue Idea
Hear how ILM’s John Knoll came up with the movie’s concept — and why it’s the right film to launch the Star Wars stand-alone films
- Jyn: The Rebel
Get to know Rogue One’s defiant, resourceful survivor, and hear what it was like for Felicity Jones to bring her to life onscreen
- Cassian: The Spy
Diego Luna shares insights into his complex, driven character, who becomes a hero through selflessness, perseverance and passion
- K-2SO: The Droid
Explore the development of this reprogrammed Imperial droid, from initial pitch and character design through Alan Tudyk’s performance
- Baze & Chirrut: Guardians of the Whills
Go deeper into the relationship between these two very different characters, with Chinese superstars Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen
- Bodhi & Saw: The Pilot & The Revolutionary
Forest Whitaker and Riz Ahmed reflect on Saw Gerrera, the broken Rebel leader, and Bodhi Rook, the Imperial pilot who defects
- The Empire
Meet a dangerous new Imperial adversary and cross paths once more with the most iconic villain of all time
- Visions of Hope: The Look of Rogue One
The filmmakers describe the challenges and thrills of developing a bold new look for the movie that can fit within the world of the original trilogy
- The Princess & The Governor
See what it took to bring the vibrant young princess of Star Wars: A New Hope — as well as one of her most memorable foes — back to the screen
- Epilogue: The Story Continues
Filmmakers and cast celebrate Rogue One’s premiere and look forward into the future, to the Star Wars stories yet to be told
- Rogue Connections
Uncover Easter eggs and film facts hidden throughout the movie that connect Rogue One to the Star Wars universe
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Synopsis
From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.