To understand ‘Rogue One’ takes exactly one minute.
I’m not being metaphorical; all you really need to do to get what this film is about is watch (or, more likely, rewatch) the first minute of the most popular space movie in history.
Ready? Let’s do it, 1977 style.
To save time, skip the Princess Leia paragraph. Focus on the first two: there’s a great civil war underway, a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. It’s The Rebels vs. The Galactic Empire — which, in case there were any doubt, is “evil.”
The scrappy little Rebels win a battle for the first time. Evidently this battle’s main objective was to help a heroic team of spies steal the plans to a scary “ultimate” weapon called the Death Star, which is the same size as a moon but isn’t one. The Death Star can destroy worlds. Read more…