Man it’s a good time to be a nerd. Particularly a Star Wars nerd! In just a week and change we’ve gotten the amazing Star Wars Rebels finale (oh my gosh it was awesome!), Force Awakens on bluray (still waiting for mine stupid Target!!!) and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story trailer this morning!!! I’m giddy!
I will definitely be posting a review of Star Wars Rebels Season 2 down the road a bit but the finale had me pumped to get more information on Rogue One because the two properties aren’t that far apart in the Star Wars timeline and it looks like they share some similarities.
They both have strong female presences although Rebels has 2 lead men. Ahsoka and Sabine are complex, rich characters. Nobody can claim they are Mary Sues (I hate that phrase more than I can say!). In Rogue One we get Jyn Erso played by Felicity Jones. She’s an Oscar nominated actresses so I’m sure she will be great if looking a little wooden in the trailer. Her character sounds awesome.
Jyn is a true rebel which excites me. We get a list of her crimes to start out the trailer. She has committed “forgery of Imperial documents, possession of stolen property, aggravated assault, resisting arrest”. She’s been on her own since 15 and asks “this is a rebellion isn’t it?”. We also learn she is “reckless, aggressive, undisciplined”. I almost feel like Jyn is a grittier Star Wars version of Aladdin!
I also love seeing Mon Mothma back and Forrest Whitaker looks awesome in his role. Donnie Yen is going to be great and the whole look and feel of the film looks like something we haven’t seen from Star Wars. It looks like an actual WAR movie! I mean the AT-AT’s and the battles look so cool. The action looks kind of like Rebels in some ways as well as the characters.
We also get a look at Ben Mendelson’s white Imperial leader and I think Vader bowing before the Emperor. I am going to not get too excited about the cool Stormtrooper because I don’t want a Phasma disappointment.
Another thing I am pleased with is as great as it looks it has a bit of a 70s feel about it so I don’t think it feels discordant with the original Star Wars: New Hope, which this is a precursor of (I won’t use prequel word!). It feels like it is at least semi-believable that the next step is New Hope in the story.
Long and short of it is I’m thrilled with what I see Gareth Edwards is doing with Rogue One. I think it is a grittier version of Star Wars but it will have compelling characters and fun action as well. It was a longer trailer than I expected but I’m pumped!
What about you? What did you think of the Rogue One trailer? Did you see Star Wars Rebels finale? Without spoilers let me know what you thought!