“We have hope. Rebellions are built on hope!”
- What is this movie about?
The Galactic Empire is building a deadly weapon and the Rebellion makes a risky move to steal the plans for the Death Star, setting up the epic saga to follow.
- Why should you watch it?
There is a new tradition now: Christmas = Star Wars. So for the second year in a row (of many to come) we have a Star Wars movie at the theatres. And it really feels like Christmas!
First things first: I liked this movie way more than Episode VII. That out of my chest, let’s proceed. Since we heard about the project and watched the trailer, we already knew how the movie was going to end, because that is how the original movie starts. And don’t forget what appears in the crawl of the original Star Wars movie:
So we know what will happen but we don’t know the how, which is really important in the Star Wars movies, how the story is told. The story starts presenting the new characters, who they are and their backgrounds. It continues a bit weak for a moment. And then there is the fantastic final part where it really makes you feel like when you watched the original trilogy, eager for more and more.
The movie keeps the spirit of the old movies. There are maaaaany references and easter eggs not only nodding to A New Hope but also The Empire Strikes
Back and Return of the Jedi. So true and devoted Star Wars fans can go on a quest trying to find all of them.Besides the clear references, there are also scenes that are filmed the same way that in the originals movies because the situation that they describe resembles that of the old ones. Yes, we remember that copy paste and do it bigger that happened in The Force Awakens, but this is not the case (thank God!). Although some scenes from Episode IV were, in a fantastic way, reutilized for this one.
Another important aspect that was lacking in The Force Awakens was the music. Much better than the one in Episode VII; there are memorable tracks and even references and new versions of classics, like that Imperial March coming back to us. Then we have those CGI that bring back old characters into the story, which might shock us at first but then we get used to them. We might be conflicted whereas we like it or not, but we cannot deny that they are part of the story and we like feeling nostalgic.As for the characters, they are solid characters very well-played by their actors. I specially like Felicity Jones as she is a great actress and here she delivered a brilliant performance in terms of Star Wars.
It is needed to mention that if you are going to watch the movie just for some lightsablers fights, you better turn around and there is almost to none Jedis and no sable fights. Remember, this happens way after Revenge of Sith and right before New Hope, so the Jedis are extinct. The movie is more like the Battlefront video game and separates itself from the rest of the saga. But that doesn’t mean that is bad, quite the contrary, it is something different that might inspire you as a non Jedi. We must remember that is a Star Wars story, not a Star Wars Episode. Therefore, it might lack aspects like space fauna and as said the jedis, but it keeps having the Force around it, the spaceships, the Empire, the Rebellion, and it is an interesting story to learn as it gives some answers regarding the original movie. Answers that we might not want to know or that we didn’t care at all. But answers that are the excuse to make this entertaining movie.
You will leave the cinema wanting to join the rebels and fight against the Empire. As that is (sadly) not possible, you will have to settle to rewatch A New Hope, because of course that is what you want to see, how the story continues (although you already know that). And of course once you start with Episode IV, you will have to continue with V and VI.
And now we wait 365 days for Episode VIII.
- Did you know?
– This film is set before the events of Star Wars (1977) and five years after Star Wars Rebels (2014).
– Ends immediately before the opening space battle in Star Wars: A New Hope (1977).
– Rogue One is the first theatrical, live action Star Wars film to not be scored by John Williams.
– The first Star Wars live action film to not open with the traditional crawl.
– The original Star Wars (1977) features one shot of the main heroes standing outside the Yavin IV temple. Although the temple itself was a matte painting, the actors in the foreground, including various Rebels and their transports, were filmed at Cardington Sheds in Bedfordshire, England. The Rogue One crew returned to the same location to film not only exteriors, but this time also recreated the interior of the Rebel base there.
– On Jedha, Jyn bumps into a man, this is the same man who tried to start a fight with Luke in the cantina in Star Wars Episode 4: A New Hope.
– In an earlier trailer, in elevator scene K-2SO said “That is a bad idea” before hushed by Jyn and Cassian. In the theatrical release, this has been changed to “I have a bad feeling about this.”
– Features digitally inserted characters from the original 1977 release.
– After Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm, John Knoll heard about some of the early concepts for new Star Wars movies and wasn’t impressed with any of them. He began developing his idea for this film and started talking it up to his fellow ILM employees, refining the story into a 30-minute pitch. People at ILM liked it so much that he was encouraged to bring it to ‘Kathleen Kennedy’, the new president of Lucasfilm. She loved the pitch and the movie was put into production.