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Is Star Wars Rogue One Appropriate for Kids

rogue-oneThere is a gray area that separates what is appropriate for kids to watch and when to leave them at home. Star Wars Rogue One sits inside that gray area.

Before I saw the movie, I heard the movie had some intense scenes younger viewers would struggle with. I would agree with that thought. People are killed close-up and there is connection to the characters that die. The last battle between the Empire and the Rebels is as intense as any PG-13 war movie.  If it wasn’t for the space ships and Stormtroopers, you would forget you are watching a Star Wars movie.

I took my 10-year-old and 12-year-old and they were fine with the violence. I am not going to bring my 5-year-old, because I don’t think he needs to see that many deaths in a film.

In a nutshell:

Swearing: Only a few words and none of the big ones.

Sex: None.

Violence: There is a torture scene that might scare young viewers and a lot of people die. A lot. And Vader… be ready.

Final Thoughts:

Like most of the world, I grew up on Star Wars movies and the toys. I was excited to see Rogue One and hoped it wouldn’t disappoint. I still haven’t gotten over Episode One. Rogue One has a different feel throughout the movie, but it did not disappoint. There were a few things that I didn’t care for, but I won’t get into them because I would rather not spoil anything.

And one final comment, you will find the Darth Vader you are looking for.

Sorry, one more. My 12-year-old just said, “Rogue One might be my favorite of the Star Wars movies.” So there’s that.

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