If Star Wars – Episode VII: The Force Awakens was a calculated risk on behalf of Disney and Lucasfilm, then Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was more of an out-and-out gamble. Could a spin-off film set outside the main instalments in the franchise and not focused on the Skywalker family actually work?
The answer, it turns out, is yes. Director Gareth Edwards’ story of a ragtag band of Rebels and their attempts to steal the Death Star plans has barely arrived in cinemas, and it’s already generating strong buzz among critics and fans alike.
Much like the Death Plans themselves, Rogue One is not without flaws – the beginning is a bit choppy, and the supporting characters are a bit thinly drawn – but its nevertheless a worthy new entry in the Star Wars saga, and here we look at the five main reasons why!