Rogue One meets high expectations with great visual effects and camera work

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Jiang Wen as Baze Malbus in the film, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”

“Rogue One” was released on Dec. 16, 2016, grossing over $155 million in the opening weekend. The film was highly anticipated and did not disappoint fans.

“Rogue One” is the first of a new trilogy called the Anthology Series. “Rogue One” was the story behind the retrieval of the Death Star plans from the Star Wars movie “A New Hope” Episode IV. It included some old characters, such as Bail Organa (Jimmy Smits) and Mon Mothma (Genevieve O’Riley), as well as some new ones, like Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) and Captain Cassian Andor (Diego Luna).

The movie started out with cut scenes that set up the storyline. The movie was excellent overall, with an opening scene shot on the Skywalker Ranch.

“Rogue One” also was visually appealing. Director Gareth Edwards utilized great camera work while incorporating several beautiful locations that expanded the Star Wars universe. The visual effects were also a key feature of this movie. Visual editors brought epic space battles, two CGI cameos, and a Death Star to the screen.

Overall, “Rogue One” had great visual effects, terrific camera work, and a great storyline that helps continue the Star Wars saga. For that, I give it five out of five stars.