I have been waiting for this day for months! We were traveling so much this past fall that I didn’t get to see Star Wars Rogue One when it was in theaters, but Peyton did! I have been hearing for the past few months how cool the fight scenes were. Shortly after seeing Rogue One, Peyton became obsessed with Storm Troopers. I’m not sure why. But after watching Rogue One I can see how cool they looked in fight scenes so that may have a little to do with it.
If you haven’t seen Rogue One, let me give you a little back story on it. Rogue One starts with research scientist, Galen Erso, and his family hiding on the planet Lah’mu. They are trying to force him into completing the Death Star. Galen is resistant to completing the work, he knows the destructions and devastation it could bring. Galen’s wife Lyra is killed in front of their daughter Jyn, however, she escapes and is taken to safety by Rebel extremist Saw Gerrera. Galen is held captive by the Empire and forced to continue working on the Death Star.
Fast forward fifteen years, Jyn is all grown up but is now imprisoned in an Imperial Labor Camp. When her father has a message smuggled out to Gerrera he works with Rebel intelligence to free Jyn. Once Jyn is free, they bring her to the Rebel leader Mon Mothma, who convinces her to find and rescue her father so the Alliance can learn more about the Death Star. At least, that’s what Jyn thinks is going to happen. Cassian, the Rebel office that is helping her was to kill Galen rather than extract him.
I do not want to give the rest of the film away but let me tell you, it’s impressive. The fight scenes are fantastic, the acting is phenomenal. There are lots of twists and turns in this movie. It is full of action and suspense. It is rated PG13. After watching it, I’m thinking they earned the rating for the intense fight scenes and dramatic/emotional situations. I felt fine letting Peyton watch Star Wars, but I also know she can handle an intense film. If you have a sensitive child or one that gets overwhelmed easily, you may want to screen this for yourself first. Then make the decision if they can watch the whole movie or you fast forward through a scene or two.
Star Wars Rogue One is available on Blu-Ray, DVD and digital everywhere, starting today. You can pick it up at your local retailer. Be sure to check out all the bonus features. You may discover a thing or two you missed when you saw the movie in the theater. Plus there’s content you’ve never seen before.
Bonus features include*:
- 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.
* Digital bonus offerings may vary by retailer.