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!
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My thoughts on the new Rogue One trailer. I’m pumped. What do you think?
I thought it was decent, but then again I’m not a Star Wars fanatic.
What’s a Mary Sue?
I’m surprised you haven’t heard about Mary Sue. The term is thrown about so frequently these days. It is a literary criticism that has been taken to movies. It’s a type of character or an archetype that is never really challenged, good at everything, the author portraying themselves in hero form. A lot of people complain Rey in Force Awakens is a Mary Sue but I think it is nonsense.
Oh, like a Legolas type of character? I still don’t fully understand.
So, is a Mary Sue something deemed positively or negatively?
No Legolas is too much of a side character. I think it’s really stupid so I’m probably the wrong one to ask. It’s definitely looked as negative. Some people say Milo in Atlantis is male version of Mary Sue or Hercules. Good at everything, never really challenged and there’s more to it than that but general idea. I think it’s stupid because different genres call for different kinds of characters. At very least it’s accusation used very lazily by many and that annoys me
Oh ok. Well, I guess it’s one of those things that I don’t really need to know or understand. I doubt I’ll ever use it in reviews anyway.
Yes it’s better you dont know so you can actually talk about the character instead of using lame labels like Mary Sue
The more trailers we see about this movie, the more accurate your analysis here seems to be. This is definitely going to be a grittier look at the Star Wars universe, and it looks like it’s definitely keeping an older feel to the movie. You should check out the second International trailer, it just keeps looking better and better: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTl_Tt3dhPw