I think it’s safe to assume that I’m a pretty big nerd. I love most things Star Trek, Star Wars, Marvel, DC (Excluding their recent cinematic catastrophes, of course), Tolkien, Game of Thrones, you name it. That being said, it probably comes as no surprise that I’m highly anticipating the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. I understand it is just Disney capitalizing on their ownership of the franchise, but I’m hyped none the less. Let’s get into why, shall we?
First off, the action looks stellar. For the first time, a Star Wars movie actually looks like, well, a “war” movie. The previous installments in the franchise have featured a few spaceship battles, the epic Hoth sequence, and the somewhat silly Endor confrontation. However, the trailers are really making the newest movie appear to have that Saving Private Ryan grit to it. People are running to cover, bodies are flying, people are getting plowed down by those awesome AT-ATs, everything is in chaos. We aren’t necessarily following the heroes of the franchise here, but rather the group of nobodies who were in the thick of things during the rebellion. It’s like they made a movie about the “Battlefront” games, and it looks like it’s going to be as awesome as it sounds.
I also think it’s important to note that the lead in this movie is a woman, judging from the trailers. However, no one is complaining as they did with the abominable Ghostbusters remake. This is because, as it turns out, people weren’t rooting against Ghostbusters because it was an all female cast, but rather because it looked (and to nobody’s surprise, was) absolutely horrendous. Again, people are pretty down with the fact that the protagonist is a woman. I’m almost willing to bet that they don’t really care; I know I don’t. What I want is a good character with good motivation and an interesting story, rather than an agenda driven move to remake a franchise with four stereotypes.
Okay, that’s enough political stuff for a trailer discussion. When we get down to it, what we have is a good look at what I hope will be a good movie. Being a pretty big Star Wars fan from the start, I already understand where this takes place as far as the timeline is concerned, but even for those who are unfamiliar with the franchise, the film has the look of something that anyone can be excited for. That’s one of the things I love about Star Wars. You don’t have to be an ultra-nerd to enjoy the franchise. The (original) movies are classics, with great writing, characters, effects, and action. And Rogue One looks like it’s going to fit the bill as well. Let’s just hope come this Christmas I don’t have to eat my words.