Warning: This article contains spoilers for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Reportedly earning over $220 million in its first week, Gareth Edwards’ Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has garnered widespread praise from critics and audiences, arguably putting to bed any lingering doubts over the rejuvenation of the Star Wars franchise. Nevertheless, Rogue One has its detractors, with some criticising its pacing and shallow characterisation, while others have fallen foul of the film’s gritty war movie tone. One question that has been consistently asked of the film is whether it works on its own. Indeed, sold as a non-episodic, distinct outing of the series, Rogue One raises some interesting questions around the accessibility of long-running blockbuster franchises and the brand awareness expected of modern cinemagoers.

To find out whether Rogue One can stand on its own, I asked some avowed non-Star Wars fans for their thoughts on the latest film.
Click on the link below for the full article at CineVue.

Feature: Does Rogue One work as a standalone?

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