Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – 3D IMAX Review

Director Gareth Edwards takes the helm for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and brings us a Star Wars not seen since 1977!

I love Star Wars, I really do, it’s hard to think that almost 40 years ago I was sitting in a cinema waiting to watch a movie that would imprint a love for not only the Sci-Fi genre but also the love of movies, with its sequels, prequels (which I wasn’t keen on) and its many TV shows, Star Wars is something that many of us growing up in the 70s have had a love for.

Now with Rogue One: A Star Wars story, we get to learn more about the rebels as the movie is set just before Star Wars (1977) and follows Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), a Rebellion soldier and criminal, who is about to experience her biggest challenge yet when Mon Mothma (Genevieve O’Reilly) sets her out on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star. With help from the Rebels, a master swordsman, Chirrut Îmwe (Donnie Yen), and non-allied forces, Jyn will be in for something bigger than she thinks.

Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), a Rebellion soldier (Rogue One)

I’ll start off by saying that I did really enjoy The Force Awakens, but with Rogue One there was certainly a different feel to the movie that the previous Star Wars films, this movie can only be described as an all our Sci-Fi/War Film. Based between Episode III and Episode IV, Rogue One tells the story of the rebels that fought to get the plans for the Death Star, you know the ones, the ones that Leia carefully tucked away in R2D2 in the opening scene of Star Wars: Episode IV.

It is a period of civil war. 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. – Star Wars Episode IV

With an amazing cast of actors in the film, it feels epic, no it is epic, it’s a great opportunity to see how the rebels got the plans and the sacrifices that they made to get them in the fight for freedom.

While there is mention of “the force” in the film, this really isn’t played on as much as previous movies and Rogue One is so much more about the fight, the struggle and the hope of getting those plans to take down the Death Star. Gareth Edwards has done a stellar job directing Rogue One, its action, effects and overall story of the movie is what most of us Star Wars fans have been waiting for many years, forget the other prequels in the franchise, Rogue One is the prequel we have been waiting for.

Rogue One Excitement and Thrills in IMAX 3D

So as the title of this review mentions, I saw the midnight screening of Rogue One in IMAX 3D and boy oh boy was it worth it, the 3D isn’t eye-popping , it is used to give a real depth of field to the movie, right from the start of the film with its opening scene you feel the expanse with not on the 3D effect, but also from the extremely large IMAX screen which takes you into the action of the film.

Rouge One Midnight Screening - Cineworld Broughton

Stormtroopers keeping the piece at the Rogue One Midnight Screening in Cineworld IMAX Broughton

Where the IMAX 3D really comes into its own, is during final act of the film which is an all out battle on the beaches for the fight for the Death Star’s plans, this is amazing, I felt like I’d ben thrown into the battle with the rebels, not only do the visuals looks amazing, but the IMAX sound is everywhere, the surround sound really works very well.

Rogue One is the Ultimate Prequel

With so many links to Star Wars (1977) and with Darth Vader returning to the screen, voiced by the original Vader himself James Earl Jones, this film is not only a nostalgic nod to a franchise that lots of us 70s kids grew up with but it is also worthy addition to the Star Wars movies.

Cosplayers greeting Cinema goers for the Midnight screening of Rogue One at Cineworld IMAX Broughton

Cosplayers greeting Cinema goers for the Midnight screening of Rogue One at Cineworld IMAX Broughton

So the film is classed as “A Star Wars Story“, personally for me, his is the movie I’ve wanted to see since way back in 1977 when the first mention of the rebel forces, Gareth Edwards has certainly shown his passion for the franchise and Rogue One is outstanding, this is a movie that any Star Wars fan would be out of their minds not to see on the big screen. My recommendation is, GO SEE IT and GO SEE IT NOW!

We must say massive thanks to Cineworld IMAX Broughton for inviting us along for the screening and for giving us the chance to grab some shots of the fans at the cinema who were burning the midnight oil to check out Rogue One. Now all we have to wait for is for the movie to be released on 3D Blu-ray in 2017.

Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham is the founder and owner of the Blazing Minds. She is also a Cinema reviewer, based at the Scala in Prestatyn and at the many Cineworld screens, where she reviews the latest movies, she has also had several articles published in various publications. In 2015 she became an Award Winning Blogger and also has her website listed as one of the UK's Top 10 Film Blogs.
Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham