This fact was one of the many appealing things about this movie to me. It shows the Rebellion as being somewhat splintered and made up of many groups each with their own agenda, but a common hate for the Empire. We see a side of the rebellion that is not just the classic “Good Guy” tone. They are morally questionable at times, break ranks and self-serving. This creates a sometimes ambiguous dynamic between the characters that keeps you on your toes.
The new cast of characters come at you think and fast. While time is spent on establishing the dynamic between Jyn and Cassian, there is a barrage of other fantastic new characters who we get to know… fast. A lot of the comedy in the film comes from K2-SO (Alan Tudyk), a reprogrammed imperial droid who now works for the Cassian and the Rebels. He an amazing humanity to this droid character who also has a great arc and develops throughout the movie.
This movie has a big job of introducing us to a whole swag of new characters and getting us to care about them in the first 2 acts. Some of this can seem a bit slow at times but I feel that the movie really pays off in the third act. This is action on a level I haven’t seen in a Star Wars film in a long time. If you heard that this is a “War movie” then you heard right. The battle scenes are presented in a more mature way than any of the other Star Wars movies and I feel that this one is really made more for an adult audience. Perhaps the ones who were kids when the original trilogy was released and they have grown up loving Star Wars all their lives finally get a movie that feels like it was made a little bit for them. There are loads of easter eggs and little nods to the originals so keep an eye out. On the flip side of that, I’m sure that for many a cinema goer this film will be their first introduction to Star Wars, and what an introduction it is. Extremely enjoyable and kick ass. I came out of this film feeling thoroughly satisfied and can’t wait to see where they take the next stand alone movie.