Forget the Euro, dollar, pound or even the Smackeroony - cynicism is the new currency being traded across the world. And
The anticipation hasn't quite been on the same level as Force Awakens, so Rogue One was always going to be on the back foot. The decision to make it a standalone movie, free from the traditional constraints of the space opera franchise, seemed bold. But there's only one thing people care about: does Rogue One live up to, or trump, Force Awakens? Unfortunately it's not quite a black or white answer.
"Rogue One" star Felicity Jones says it's "a film that’s about unity."
Maybe it's that I'm writing this on three hours sleep after a midnight showing, or maybe it's that I have a hard time being objective about anything Star Wars but I think Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is probably the best thing that's happened in this all-round trash year.
The film is a stand-alone, but with lots of shared inter-galactic DNA.
’Rogue One’ arrives in cinemas this week, and already ‘Star Wars’ fans are gearing up to descend, en masse, to the cinema
Spoiler Free 'Rogue One' Review: A Slick Stand-Alone That Keeps It Very Much Within The 'Star Wars' Family
There is nothing that jars (or worse, jar jars) in this spectacle. On the contrary, there are enough references, both visual and spoken to keep a long time fan very happy, sometimes gasping, occasionally applauding.
Han Solo is Britain's most beloved Star Wars character, with 21% of those who have ever watched a Star Wars film saying that he was their favourite. Han is even more favoured by those who consider themselves Star Wars fans, at 28%. It is clear that Brits will have been upset with the plot of Episode VII, which sees Solo killed at the end of the movie by his own son.
He's back, and as breathy as ever.
It’s the moment ‘Star Wars’ fans across the universe have been waiting for - the return of Darth Vader. The iconic space