The first anthology Star Wars movie shows that the there are still great stories to tell outside of the Skywalker saga. This story takes place right before the events of "A New Hope." This movie seems to be made simply to fill in a plot hole in the original trilogy (why did the Death Star have that weak point?!) but it does more than just that. It excited with World War II-type action and introduces characters that are more anti-hero as opposed to the common Star Wars hero. Felicity Jones stars as Jyn Erso, and she does so very well. Erso's story is interesting and different from other stories previously explored in Star Wars. She is neither part of the Empire nor a rebel when we first meet her. However, she eventually joins the rebels and then goes rogue against rebel orders to retrieve the Death Star plans. Jyn's charater feels fresh for Star Wars, with her rogue ways and her heroic actions. However, for some reason it is a bit difficult to really cheer for her. Other characters like Cassian (played by Diego Luna) is a bit easier to get behind, which is a bit concerning since he is not the main character. All of the characters that compile the group known as "Rogue One" have interesting backstories and are intriguing characters. The story is simple yet effective and engaging. There is real weight in this movie as the heroes do not make it out alive and the emotional toll it takes on the viewers is poignant. This film features Darth Vader in one of the coolest scenes in Star Wars to date. This movie is not perfect though and often relies on some nostalgia to appease fans, which sometimes feels forced, but sometimes not. Some dialogue is a bit iffy, but for the most part this movie is very well written. Overall I give this film an 8/10.