Can anyone tell me the reason for this new Star Wars movie? Do we really need to know about the cast of characters that helped bring the Death Star battle plans to the Rebellion? Is this something that really, truly needs to be told? To be seen? In short, the answer is YES, and to draw it out a little further and really drive the point home I might even be inclined to put a fuck! in front of that YES! and use this term to answer the other questions that opened this article. Fuck Yes, this needs to happen, we need to know. The Force Awakens did its job in shaking the prequels from recent memory and reminding myself, and about 2 billion dollars worth of others, why we loved Star Wars in the first place. Was the movie perfect? I wouldn’t go that far. I personally fall into the camp of people who felt its was a little too close to the story of A New Hope; or maybe just a exact duplicate with some slight variances. This is a debate for another time, though. I, for one, was just so damn happy that it was a good movie, with real sets and actual people and imagination, that the things that perhaps I should care about got pushed out of my brain and slid out my ears down the side of my smiling face. Seriously, who can be a fan of this series and not be excited for this? Did you see the Imperial Walkers? On a beach? The shaky cam view where they’re firing at you? It’s a Star Wars war movie. I have no idea who Felicity Jones is but she seems more than capable of filling in the protagonist role for this. “This is a rebellion isn’t it?” ……… Dramatic type pause ……… “I rebel.” Superiors look at each other in eye contact approval. Fantastic.
We found out where Forrest Whitaker is too! He’s been hanging out on a planet that I more than likely will be unable to pronounce, waiting to ask vague questions to this Felicity girl: “Are you ready to be in a Star Wars movie?” “When people complain for no reason, what will you do? What… will you become?” I have loved Whitaker since Bird, and especially Species, (anyone remember that one?), and if he is the Yoda type character waiting somewhere to ask questions, and challenge our hero than I am more than onboard. Ben Mendelsohn is the Empires’ bad ass in here too. Just the sluggish close up of him, arms crossed, looking down contemplating his shoes on the floor of the Death Star is awesome; somehow it makes me more excited for him to say and do nefarious things than I would be for a half-hearted, (and probably obligatory), Darth Vader cameo. (Mendelsohn, by the way is in so many movies that you may or may not have seen its a crime more people don’t know him, see The Place Beyond the Pines before you die).
This is why I get pumped about these movies: the new characters that trot out in the new expanded universe. Star Wars has a major leg up on other “universes” like Marvel in the fact that its literally expanding continuously, with the only stop to it being the bounds of imagination. I still haven’t seen either Avengers movie and honestly I don’t know how many others I have seen from them. They’re all the same. Maybe I’m just not enough of a comic book person but to me there are only so many ways you can tell an origin story, find a bad guy, shoot something into the sky, have the world almost end, blah blah blah blah. If you really think about its all the same over and over. It may look great but Jesus is it boring sometimes. Besides, Batman is always going to be better than any of them. I’m straying off topic. It’s a bad habit.
This movie looks like a prequel but way better than the prequels. I’m not going to sit here and claim to be the biggest Star Wars buff ever. I don’t know the names of certain galaxies nor do I know Princess Leia’s favorite galactic cereal, and I have no idea what a nerf herder is. But the feel of the movies, the way they can entice fantasy to the pleasure centers of my brain and heart, make me love the fact this is happening. It’s is big step too. I’ve heard there will be a Han Solo solo movie, and how Rouge One looks and feels will be a big part in how I will look to the future films the Mouse House has in store. It will probably be overkill eventually but that happens to everything good in time. But now, its still somewhat new and looks to be in decent hands. The point is that the overkill comes to thins that are good in the first place, so here now we are in the good phase of the overkill. It’s a good time to be a fan of these movies. So, yes this is a wonderfully beautiful thing to happen. Wait, sorry…. FUCK YES! this is awesome.