Disclaimer: This is a non-fishing post. I do these from time to time, so deal with it.
I recently realized that I never really addressed the upcoming Star Wars film Rogue One here on the blog, despite writing several posts over the last year about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. While my opinion is no where near critical to your enjoyment or build up of anticipation for the release, I figured I'd at least chime in because we're now less than three months away from the premiere.
I'm pretty psyched for the film, the first in what appears to be several "stand-alone" entries into the Star Wars universe. For various reasons, it seems that there is a small, but vocal faction of Star Wars faithful that don't share my enthusiasm, citing the over the top Hollywood visuals and polish, a Director that might just be in over his head, the emergence of black-armored death troopers that seemingly solely exist to sell merchandise, and the amount of information that has been tactfully leaked to the press in advance.
Look, I guess it is what it is, it might not be George Lucas' pre-CGI Star Wars anymore, but different doesn't have to be bad. After all, Star Wars is an outer-space fairy tale. It's entertainment. It's never going to be confused for an Oscar-nominated "Best Picture" candidate, and it's definitely to the point where the story lines are being catered toward the masses, not necessarily crafted for die-hards that long for the "Expanded Universe" to be reinserted into canon. It's a little more evolved than a standard "popcorn movie," but not by terribly much. (With the exception of Empire, the first ones weren't either, most of us were just too young to know the difference).
So bring on Jyn Erso and all of the other characters whose names I really haven't taken the time to learn yet. Bring on the media blitz, and the fatigue from overexposure that comes along for the ride. Bring on the merchandise; yes, I've already pre-ordered a horribly-sculpted action figure
for Lilly to play with, and really think those beach-loving stormtroopers and that blind space-ninja guy are rad. Heck, bring on Forest Whitaker, just because you can. Bring it all on, because with 32 years between Return of the Jedi & The Force Awakens (I don't count those damn prequels), the Star Wars franchise has a lot of lost time to make up for, and there's no time like the present.
Oh, and did I mention bring on Darth Vader too?
December 16th, 2016, let's do this!