Disney Plumbs Star Wars Nooks and Crannies with Rogue One
Rogue One is coming, but does it seem too familiar? When Lucasfilm, nee, Disney, released Star Wars: The Force Awakens last year, it landed with critical and audience acclaim alike. There were plenty of good reasons for this. The movie was fun, filled with vibrant colors, great visual effects, and a story that felt comfortable, familiar, maybe even a little rehashed. And while some fans were angry, claiming (erroneously, but understandably) that the film was really just a polished remake of Star Wars: A New Hope. And while I think that particular charge is a little overboard, there’s some weight to it, and the trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story makes me wonder if we won’t hear similar criticisms again.
The key reasons for some fans’ criticisms were all things we can see in the new Rogue One trailer: it’s loaded with symbols, motifs and themes plucked straight from the original Star Wars films. Among these are obvious things like recurring villains (Storm Troopers) and devices (the Death Star, all the Imperial Capitol ships, Star Destroyers, types of droids, etc), but those are really just the window dressing of the Star Wars world. Perhaps more prominent in evoking earlier films in the series are things like the idea of a young hero on her own, with a bit of a chip on her shoulder and a sense of rebelliousness, sent on a daring mission to steal some info and figure out how to destroy a super weapon. Of course, we all know they won’t destroy the Death Star in this movie, because Luke Skywalker does that in A New Hope (and then another one in Return of the Jedi). But whatever else you love or hate, it all seems a little familiar.
However, I don’t think these are reasons enough to dismiss it out of hand. Rebelliousness and plucky young heroes are pretty much a staple of most American cinema, and have been since long before Star Wars existed. This movie, based on the trailer, looks like it’ll be a lot of fun and explore some of the lesser explored areas of the original trilogy’s mythology. Is it strictly necessary to know the details of how the Rebellion got the plans for the Death Star? Eh, probably not. But it should prove a fun ride, anyway, and at a basic level, that’s what movies are for. And for me, my biggest disappointment was that there was no Spiderman cameo.
Hey, they’re all Disney, now, why not? 😀
What do you think? Are you excited for Rogue One? I’m looking forward to December already!