The latest movie in the Star Wars franchise — Rogue One — is out. Needless to say, I’m excited. While I haven’t seen it yet (though that will change soon), I already feel better about it than I did Episode VII. That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy Episode VII. I certainly did, but there were directions it took that I wasn’t so sure about. And that I still feel conflicted about a year later.
Rogue One looks different. First off, it’s clearly a bit different than most of the Star Wars movies so far. In many ways, it reminds me more of The Clone Wars. (Yes, it’s animated. Yes, I watched it. Yes, it’s actually better than you’d think it is. I was skeptical at first.) There’s a lot more war in it. And — perhaps for that reason — it looks a little darker and grittier. Both of those seem appropriate considering the nature and tone of the movie itself.
Initially, I thought the change was just because it’s more of a war story and that’s just how those look these days. However, it looks like there might be more to that. It looks like it might be how the space opera has changed over the years.
The video is 10 minutes, but it’s well worth it. I know it changed the way I look at Star Wars.
Are you looking forward to Rogue One? Have you seen it yet? If so, did you like it?