Disclaimer: This post WILL contain minor spoilers to both Rogue One and Episode VII: The Force Awakens. If you have not seen either of these movies (and you plan to), then I highly recommend you do that, for I might set unwanted expectations and/or cause you to make inferences in either plot. I also will spoil some of the episodes of past Star War films, so please be aware.
I will admit that I am no movie expert. I will also admit that I am no hyper-genius on the Star Wars films. Hell, I’ve only seen five of the eight films in there entirety (Episodes Two and Five I have not even started and Episode Four I have seen about an hour of spread out scenes). Yet, I will admit that Rogue One is the best I have seen the Star Wars franchise be.
I went to see Rogue One in theaters just yesterday and it really was a great film. The director, writer, and the entire production crew were super daring in making the movie. Think about it, a Star Wars movie without Han or Leah or Luke or even Obi Wan playing a key role is absurd, especially because the movie takes place between the events of Episode III and IV. In fact, all the main characters, and even the minor characters, were completely new. And the fact that I could care for all these characters in one movie whereas it took Lucas about three for each character is well deserving of praise.
No offense to Lucas, though. Without his mind, none of these movies would even exist. However, Disney has greatly expanded on the franchise and has branched out to new skies. The main difference between Lucas and Abrams is that in the newer movies, Abrams and his production crew create characters that I care for. To me, all the characters Lucas and his production crew made are static, with the exceptions of Luke and Anakin. In the newer movies, I care for Rey and Finn and Jyn and everybody else.
I feel like this idea in Star Wars is true throughout all Disney movies. When has there been a movie with Disney stamped to it that hasn’t been emotional in some way? Never, at least when referring to the modern mogul that is Disney. Some may think this is wrong to consistently create movies that all are successful in part to emotional events, however I think it is just a sign of good writing.
The fact is, any great piece of writing, whether in script, novel, or media, needs to reconnect with the audience in some way. And the easiest and most successful way to do this is the way Disney does; through emotional appeal. Not only does Disney do this in all their movies, but they do it to perfection. For example, in Disney and Pixar’s UP, the movie starts with a flashback to an older couple’s youth. The movie goes through a timeline of their life and at the end, the wife dies at an old age. The rest of the movie is about how the old man wants to journey to go to his wife’s dream home.We can all connect to death and many of us can also connect to doing something special because of a loved one. Because of this, we are immediately engaged in the rest of the movie.
The same emotion is in Rogue One, with a plethora of scenes that are moving. Its almost as if it is a melodrama or even Shakespearean tragedy within a sci-fi action flick. It is something that is rarely seen (at least with my limited movie knowledge) and deserves praise. Lucas and his films were a different genre entirely. They were not “Disnified” sci-fi action films. They’re just sci-fi action films and that is liked more by others. I am not one of those others.
Thanks for reading and SERIOUSLY watch Rogue One. It may not be award-winning, but it really is an enjoyable experience that I highly recommend to everyone. Song
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