THE COMMERCIAL MOVIE OF THE WEEK
ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY (2016) by Gareth Edwards
“They have brought us hope”
When Disney got the rights to Lucasfilm all the fans getting their hands on the head. Later, after a cold reflection, they began to understand that this economic outlay could bring a lot of money to the Star Wars universe, in the form of many more films and continuing with the original series and stories (both paper and audiovisual format). The first confirmation included a new trilogy of the Star Wars saga, corresponding to episodes VII, VIII and IX, and a new temerity seized these fans: will they live up to it? Some years went by and J. J. Abrams presented the episode VII, with a great reception and being one of the highest grossing films in history. By then they were already confirmed three films parallel to the ones of the saga, each of them would inquire in some history that clearly repercents in the saga. The first of them was about the theft of the planes of death, how and who created it and, above all, how they got it. The denouement is known, as it appears in the original saga, however the way of carving and the motivation was not something that people took for granted, with what was presented to Gareth Edwards as the director and there they launched.
The beginning makes clear that this is not Star Wars to use, the universe is shared but there is no very direct relationship. So the beginning is dry, a western scene, an orchard that stands out in the dryness of the mountain, and a blow of effect of the dark forces. There is no characteristic beginning, the darkness on which words move, because “Rogue One” will serve to sweeten the universe in a very positive way, but without interfering with what will be told in the various episodes. Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) comes on the scene, from the beginning we will know his life, stay tuned because it will be on which the film is built. The long initial hour is too explicit, wanting to demonstrate a good character development, and the action is hidden in a world of somewhat overloaded dialogue. Once the true story starts, the Star Wars world envelops you, catches you and will not let you flee until the space adventure is over. Jyn wants to get the death star’s plans to know the weaknesses of this deadly weapon, the road will not be easy but the human group around it will make optimism always present and never forget the real end: strength.
A movie full of epic scenes with many winks to the originals, some character that appears in the immediate predecessor and becomes main, other surprises that are unveiled… but you are always in the galactic sauce, the one that fans love and do not They want it to end. The real distinction with the seven films lies in the darkness of decisions. Although all are aimed at all audiences, there is always a children’s thread to please, the simplest resource that gets the joy of the smallest viewer in the family. However “Rogue One” flees from looking good, does not get carried away by the topic (removing some moments) and realism stands out, always talking about what is a movie of this universe. A self-enclosing film can take these paths, and provoke a sense of sadness after starting to watch the credits, because “Rogue One” is not one more, it is a brave decision that could have destroyed a lot but, nevertheless, fits well in the Star Wars world.
Don’t want to see beyond, do not look for the way to stick it with anything, much less with the saga. Disney has manifested this film to give us more to know, to season the wealth of the Star Wars universe, and to introduce us who managed to take a step for the salvation of the Jedi. There is no shortage of scenes to brighten the nostalgic fans, a young Darth Vader that imposes the same as in the first films, which you see certain fissures that ends up paying in this same story. Even Edwards wanted to like, and like all fans, setting a scene at the end made by and for fans, that does not just fit in the dark but that much.
The light begins “Rogue One”, and the same light concludes the story of Jyn. A closed circle that is not going to return, characters perfectly developed with which to empathize and a choice of casting right although could be outlined in some secondary. The possibilities are gradually lost, however, a light emerges to defeat the shield and throw that space of hope that would eventually save the world. The cost of this achievement is the maximum, however we all know that it is the only solution with which the rebels can succeed, and we will be grateful. Because this new work of Star Wars is not one more, although everything happens as one thinks there is something that makes it special: friendship. Trust and friendship are manifested with a truly motivational final embrace that demonstrates the job well done and leaves you wanting for many more movies.