Rogue One - A Star Wars Movie: My Thoughts
Today I watched Rogue One and I wanted to jot down my thoughts while they were still fresh.
First, what I didn't like:
- The Rogue One Font at the beginning on the movie. There was just something about it that wasn't as strong as the Original Franchise
- The jumping around done at the beginning of the movie with the planet names (again, with a weak font).
- There were no Bonthans either dying or otherwise.
OK, not that's out of the way. What did I like:
Every. Thing. Else.
Jin's character had the depth needed to be a protagonist you would both believe and want to follow. I think the most surprising thing (maybe ... I still need to think about this) is that from a writing perspective you know ALL of your characters are going to be throw away characters. They won't appear in Episodes 4-6, although the actions they take drive those movies.
As I realized this, I realized that each lead character was going to die. It can't really be any other way. And while I was sad to see that premonition come to fruition, I was also glad that the writers did what the story called for. Make the story a one-off whose characters can't influence the canon in any way other then how they already had.
Maybe I went into the movie with low expectations, or maybe it was just that good. Either way, I would see this again and again and again.
The story was strong, with dynamic characters. A mix of good and bad for the rebels (as it should be) and all bad, but with depth for the imperial characters.
I liked this so much I have already pre-purchased it on iTunes.