Now that most of the initial hype has passed, let's talk about Rogue One.
|Rogue One (Image from IMDb)|
Rogue One, to its credit, has a great strength: a clever plot. It bridges two previous films—Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope—by smoothly weaving in a story about how the Rebels stole the Death Star plans. Another strength of the movie, of course, is the appearance of Darth Vader, whom we don't see enough of, but when we do, it's like watching the terrifying return of a titan.
|Darth Vader returns in Rogue One (Image from IMDb)|
Other than nostalgic nods to Vader, however, not much happens in Rogue One. Among its flaws, let me point out a couple that really matter.
First, there's no character development—none, zilch, nada. Jyn has enormous potential as a character, but she's more of a plot device. We have no idea as to her feelings about the Empire or extremist Rebels like Saw Gerrera. We don't know how her tragic childhood affected her personality. We're not even sure what her personality is.
|Jyn (Image from IMDb)|
|Cassian Andor (Image from IMDb)|
|Cassian and Jyn with K-2SO (Image from IMDb)|
|Stormtrooper FN-2187 becomes Finn (Image from IMDb)|
|Saw Gerrera (Image from IMDb)|
One of the reasons I love science fiction is that it gives us modern myths about human beings and their technological creations. My new hope is that Star Wars doesn't continue in the direction of Rogue One by forgetting the human and humane elements behind technology, thereby losing itself in the corporate machine of mass media. That would truly be a disturbance to the Force.