Finally got around to seeing Rogue One a Star Wars Story, the reason why it took me a while to see it is because I had a final last Thursday and received my diploma last Friday thus making me a college graduate. Before I continue on with the review just let me say I am now a very relieved person to have finished such a long journey in my life. Okay on with the review.
As someone who returned to the Star Wars fandom and franchise a year ago I was excited about Rogue One, but knew what to expect. Despite the fears of many fans of the original Star Wars universe this new universe under Disney is not lighter and softer, and Rogue One is by far one of the darkest parts of the new Star Wars canon. Rogue One takes place from a new point of view in the Star Wars universe; with the original trilogy concentrating primarily on Luke, Leia, Han Solo, and their allies we didn’t see much of the actual rebellion. The prequel trilogy showed us the descent of Anakin Skywalker from Jedi prodigy to Darth Vader. Clone Wars showed the many adventures of the Jedi and Clones during the Clone Wars along with actual political stuff and the side effects of war on a person’s psychological life (poor Barriss and Ahsoka…) and Rebels showed us what it was like to be a civilian during the strong days of Empire. Rogue One shows us an actual war; no lightsabers, no cute woodland critters to help you out, just lazers, blasters, and people dying.
Spoilers from this point onward
So things are pretty dark in Rogue One, those familiar with the tv show Star Wars Rebels should know what to expect, also take into consideration the fact this is the first time we ever hear of any of these characters for the first time to know their final fates. Speaking of Star Wars Rebels, I was very happy to see The Ghost and Chopper hanging out and that Hera Syndulla has been promoted to general in the rebel alliance. I had theorized Rogue One would be a ‘series finale’ of sorts to Star Wars Rebels in the sense that it was the last story of the rebels before the first real victory for the rebel alliance with the destruction of the death star.
I thought the film itself was interesting; it showed that in this new canon there were people outside of the Jedi and Sith who did believe in the force and had a form of organized religion with it using the characters Chirrut Imwe and Baze Malbus to show devout practitioners of the religion (Chirrut) and those who had fallen from the faith (Baze), but stick around because they’re bffs with the religious friend. It kind of confirms a theory I’ve had that all characters in the Star Wars universe are connected through the force, but don’t have to be jedi or sith to have the force work through them with Chirrut relying both on his heightened senses and the force to guide him despite being blind.
There are also our two main protagonists Jyn Erso and Cassian Andor; there was some controversy among fans that Disney was using Star Wars to promote a new wave of feminism since once again the hero is a heroin for this new Star Wars film; perhaps they are, but I’d like to point out Disney has had live action films prior to the purchasing of Star Wars that were gender neutral with female leads (it hasn’t been that long since Tomorrowland). And to those who are complaining, you had Luke and Han be the heroes for the first three movies, Anakin Angst through the second trilogy, and Clone Wars and Rebels were/are totally badass with both genders.
Otherwise I feel Jyn was a flat character at times with her biggest characterization being that she loves and misses her dad. Nothing wrong with that, I’m just showing mercy because I’m really close with my dad too. I do like her development from someone who wanted to be left alone to someone who led a small team of volunteer rebels in a suicide mission to steal the death star plans and jumpstarts the first victory of the rebellion.
Cassian was a child soldier turned adult who brought up other things never mentioned in previous Star Wars media. The rebels did get it’s hand dirty; while on Star Wars Rebels the goal of the beginning stages of the rebellion was to aid those in need, Cassian admits to assassinating members of the empire and that the rebellion has done it’s fair share of evil deeds.
I’m actually really happy there was no romance between Jyn and Cassian, granted one can’t help but enjoy seeing Diego Luna in that imperial uniform. Towards the end of the film there is a hint at something, but I won’t spoil that for you all.
Speaking of the end of the film, didn’t see that coming! Also kudos to Disney for doing a great job with cgi.
I give Rogue One A Star Wars Story four Chopper cameos out of five.