So, that Rogue One trailer looks pretty good right?
Well, lets dash those expectations to a fine powder, shall we?
As a collection of films, Star Wars follows a conventional structure: Set up, conflict then resolution, I’ve talked in length about story structure in a prior blog, so be sure to check that out. With that being said, I don’t think that this film might not follow this structure, mainly because of one thing: This is not a Star Wars film, it is a Star Wars story.
Am I the only person who was disappointed with the name reveal in the trailer? I honestly thought that Rogue One referred to Jyn Erso, as something to define her character. Oh well.
If you didn’t already know, Rogue One is directed by Gareth Edwards; the man behind these two suspiciously similar movies.
Monsters; a film about an alien race that descends upon Earth, only to discover that we are the real monsters.
Godzilla; a film about an unknown creature destroying cities, only to discover that we are the real godzillas, I mean monsters.
…And boom goes the dynamite. You see, a director can have a style, but can also be directly copying things from prior films.
The theme of fatherhood commonly appears in the films of Steven Spielberg, but his works alter enough so that they stand separate, these films have nothing to do with eachother, right?
The theme of self destruction runs through the works of Gareth Edwards’ works, but both of them are quite similar, which leads me to the main point of this post.
I honestly think that I can predict the main story elements before the film comes out:
- Jyn Erso is freed by the resistance.
- She learns of her father’s help with creating the Death Star.
- She agrees to fight with the resistance.(Being the Mary-Sue that she inevitably will become.)
- During the battle of war, she is consumed by the visceral fear of war and the tragedy that accompanies it.
- Through a bunch of shots of Jyn looking over baron landscapes, she learns that she is the real dark side.
I really hope that I am wrong and that Gareth Edwards has separated himself from his prior works, but I can’t help feeling that my synopsis could easily slip into the movie.