‘Rogue One’ dazzles as it expands ‘Star Wars’ universe


“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” answers the question of whether that galaxy far, far away is big enough to sustain multiple offshoots with an emphatic yes, delivering an extremely muscular and satisfying expansion of what had been, under George Lucas, a rather underdeveloped universe.

Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm came with a pragmatic mandate to churn out “Star Wars” fare, including stand-alone stories separate and distinct from the primary trilogies.
And “Rogue One” does feel different from the main movies, darker, grittier — much closer in tone to an old war movie. Indeed, the production notes draw appropriate comparisons to the 1961 World War II classic “The Guns of Navarone,” another film about a team of strong-willed individuals thrown together to undertake a secret mission against a malevolent empire. – READ MORE
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