It looks like the Force is with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The much-anticipated standalone will be heading to theaters on Friday and disrupt the quiet balance of the Force for millions of fans. The space opera will be set within the original Star Wars trilogy when a group of Rebels team up to steal plans to the Imperial Death Star. Ahead of the movie’s release, critics have started to share their thoughts about the film, and reviews for Rogue One have led it towards a 'Certified Fresh' rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
The aggregate site says Rogue One has earned a rating of 82%. The average rating is 7/6/10. When you break down the 116 counted reviews, 95 have come in Fresh while the remaining 21 are Rotten.
Here’s what the Critics Consensus has to say about the Rogue One: “Rogue One draws deep on Star Wars mythology while breaking new narrative and aesthetic ground -- and suggesting a bright blockbuster future for the franchise.”
If you are wondering how Rogue One stacks up to the rest of the saga, then we’ve got you covered. You can find the Rotten Tomato scores for Episodes I-VII below:
The Phantom Menace: 55%
Attack of the Clones: 65%
Revenge of the Sith: 79%
A New Hope: 93%
The Empire Strikes Back: 94%
Return of the Jedi: 80%
The Force Awakens: 92%
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits US theaters December 16, 2016. Directed by Gareth Edwards, it's the first of the new standalone features from Lucasfilm and Disney, which take place outside the core "Skywalker Saga" of films noted by an Episode number. Rogue Onetells the story of the small band of rebels that were tasked with stealing the plans to the first Death Star. The story spins directly off the opening crawl from the original Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. In that crawl, it read: "Rebel spaceships, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Galactic Empire. During the battle, Rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the DEATH STAR, an armored space station with enough power to destroy an entire planet."
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is set between the events of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and shortly before the events of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. In the film, resistance fighters embark on a daring mission to steal the Empire's plans for the Death Star.
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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk and Jonathan Aris. The film is directed by Gareth Edwards and written by Gary Whitta and Chris Weitz, from a story conceived by John Knoll.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters on December 16, 2016.