The first Star Wars spin-off film "Rogue One" flew into theaters this weekend with mixed reviews from critics and fans alike. And while many can agree that this was not the best Star Wars movie by a long shot, the question still remains, was Rogue One another sufficient addition to Star Wars canon, or will it fall under the needless prequel category that nearly half Star Wars films have in the past?
Point 1. It Explained A Lot About Episode IV - GOOD
Of course, the original Star Wars had plenty of plot holes, being the first of its series and having a much lower budget than following films. Rogue One, for what it's worth, did manage to answer some of these burning questions. For instance, we now know why the Death Star had a huge hole in the side that, when triggered, would destroy the entire station. Plus, we finally learned just how those Rebels got those elusive Death Star plans in the first place (although, knowing this may not really be all that important. But more on that later...)
Naturally, we still have some questions left unanswered, along with a few new ones, i.e. "Why were the Death Star plans even in that random facility?" or "Why was the Death Star upside down throughout the first half of the movie?"
Point 2: No Opening Credits Crawl - BAD
One of the most iconic parts of the Star Wars franchise is that loud, somewhat startling, set of opening credits that really doesn't feel all that necessary until it is absent. If you aren't a major Star Wars geek, you probably don't really care about this point, but I AM a major Star Wars geek, so this bothered me VERY much. It actually made it hard to get into the movie with such a different opening. For future reference, Star Wars producers: WE NEED THOSE RENEGADE PARAGRAPHS IN SPACE!!
Point 3: Guts - GOOD
So, this is the big moment: the movie ends with every single one of the main characters meeting their demise during and just after the major battle sequence. Every single one. This moment was certainly emotional, whether you cared for the characters or not. In the past, Star Wars certainly kept death to a minimum. Sure, plenty of characters die, but its rare that a Han Solo or an Obi-Wan Kenobi level death occurs in the franchise. And, while none of these characters are ultra-important in the grand scheme of this galaxy, they were still very important to this individual installment, making their deaths much more impactful. It takes a lot of courage to kill the entire cast of a movie off tastefully and needfully, and I commend the movie for this.
Point 4: Lack of Nostalgia - BAD
One of the major criticisms of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens was that it was almost too nostalgic. Now, whether you agree with this or not is your choice (I happen to think it was perfect). However, after viewing this movie, I believe many would agree that it didn't feel like Star Wars should feel. Maybe this was intentional, maybe it wasn't. However, it doesn't seem to work either way. They pass over ICONIC things from the original trilogies as if they are old news, then continue to try and dazzle us with something new. The problem? WE DON'T WANT NEW! Of course, the "Star Wars mold" should be broken to some extent. after all, if we just got the same thing over and over again, fans would grow bored quickly. But Rogue One tries too hard to break the mold and falls closer to the prequel-level movie than a Force Awakens-level movie.
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What did YOU think of Rogue One?
My NEW AND IMPROVED Favorite Star Wars Movies List:
1. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
2. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
3. Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
4. Star Wars Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi
5. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
6. Star Wars Episode III: The Revenge of the Sith
7. Star Wars Episode II: The Attack of the Clones
8. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
9. Star Wars: The Clone Wars Movie
10. The Star Wars Holiday Special
What are your favorites of the franchise?
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