With the success of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, the fans’ greatest fears (to that point) were put to rest: Darth Mouse knows how to take care of them. The movie was fun, if a bit too derivative of the first film, and had plenty of great and interesting characters despite a few all too obvious narrative missteps (which I’ve already talked about previously). For the most part, we’re in good hands, even if future installments don’t challenge convention as much as adhere to them moving forward. It’s a business. These things need to make money and Disney needs to recoup its four billion dollar investment. I don’t think that’s even in question both of these goals will be accomplished at this point.
One of the ways in which they intend to ensure continual profits is by giving us Star Wars movies until we can’t stand them. They're going to do this by emulating their successful Marvel template for scheduled releases. If we’re lucky, that ‘can’t stand’ date will, like Marvel, seem to be somewhere in the realm of ‘never’. They haven’t had a blunder yet, with the two Thor movies being the closest they’ve come to cinematic misfires. And hoo boy, I can’t wait to write about those flicks (and Iron Man 3). I want to be clear here; even the most underwhelming Marvel movies have been successful by and large. It’s only people like me, that can see through the haze of the studio's ongoing honeymoon with general audiences, who can say which ones are actually good.
But Marvel blogs are for another day. This is the day of Star Wars (again). The day of rebels and Death Star tapes (which, by the end of Rogue One will NOT be in the main computer) and Felicity Jones…rebelling. Of Forest Whitaker warning about the veritable abyss looking back into a person’s soul and blind Donnie Yen beating up Imperial Stormtroopers and space stations becoming fully armed and operational. Yes, this is the time to talk about Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
And more specifically, why Rogue One may just be the Star Wars movie the long time fans have been waiting for.