We saw Rogue One last Saturday.
The day started cold and dreary here. We had to scrape ice from our car windows and spend a long while waiting for the car to warm up enough to actually defrost the windows so we could see out. With that, we set out on our long-planned trip to see the next Star Wars film. But first we had to pick up someone on the way. That, it turns out, was quite the challenge. There was ice on the road, cars in the ditches, and people were sliding about while walking, making travel more dangerous and treacherous for the cars. It was quite perilous. And the snow hadn’t even come yet, and we were supposed to get up to four inches, which would start while we were in watching our movie.
Was it worth it? Should we cancel and go another day?
Not a chance! No true Star Wars fan would be held back by a little snow and ice!
We got to the theater, and I was nervous. What if it wasn’t good? What if I had amped it up to epic proportions in my head, and it just didn’t live up to it? What if this wasn’t like any other Star Wars movie at all?
Well… it was amazing! I needn’t have worried, it was a terrific movie. Yes, it was unlike any other Star Wars movie, but so what? Can’t we have a little diversity in our movie watching experience? Does every single Star Wars movie have to have an epic duel between two lightsaber wielding jedi? Of course it doesn’t! The movie was an amazing addition to the franchise, and I am so happy that they made it just a little differently than the other films.
It was soooo worth braving the icy roads for!
**********Warning, spoilers below!**********
The movie doesn’t start with the typical Star Wars opening crawl giving you background story. This one itself is the background story that is spelled out in the opening crawl of A New Hope, so it isn’t necessary. I’m not going to give a step by step review of each major point in the movie, but I will mention a few things that stood out to me.
Jyn Erso is interesting, and she becomes more of a hero as the movie moves along, seeming a little reluctant near the beginning, but being the entire catalyst for most of the action that we know and love in episodes 4, 5 and 6 by the end. By the middle of the movie it seems the rebellion is falling apart, and her bold actions drive them forward and bring everyone together, and without those bold actions there would be no real rebellion in the later movies.
If you haven’t seen the movie, skip this paragraph– even if you are okay with spoilers. One of the best parts of the movie, and especially the first half, is the character K2SO. One of my favorite lines of the whole movie is from him, “Jyn, I’ll be there for you.” Followed by a short pause, then “Cassian said I had to.” I laughed out loud at that one, because it was such an unexpected and touching statement, followed a second later by the well timed slap from a character that we should have expected it from. And then, late in the movie, I actually felt myself tearing up when K2SO sacrifices himself to help Jyn and Cassius. It was so sad. Not Han being killed by his own son kind of sad, but pretty sad.
By the end of the movie everything had evolved into the bold, Rebel Alliance vs. evil Empire battle that we would expect. And while there was no massive fight between jedi, we did get to see a few moments of Darth Vader being… well, Darth Vadery, and we saw a very jedi-like blind man chanting “I am one with the force, the force is with me.” while he made his way across a blaster filled battle without being struck until after he had a chance to save the day.
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The movie was funny when it needed to be funny, dark when it needed to be dark, and had that gritty lived-in feeling that all the later Star Wars movies had. It is a wonderful addition, and adds a lot of depth to the Star Wars universe.
5 out of 5
Go see it!
Everyone have a Merry Christmas!