[rambling] Rogue One trailer #2 thoughts

Yesterday we got the final trailer for the next cinematic Star Wars installment, Rogue One.
Of course i was looking forward to its release, but after watching it, i must admit that it did not excite me as the other trailers did.

Lets start on a high note shall we?
The few glimpses of material do remind us that this is not a “classic” Star Wars movie. The opening of the trailer, which also serves as an introduction to Galen Erso reminded me of a western. And the look that Orson Krennic gives him does imply that there is more than just a “i have come to take you away” story but an actual history between them.
Scale is also an important component of this movie. The fallen statue of what i presume is a jedi knight, the Star Destroyer looming above a town, the AT-ST walker in urban combat, the feet of an AT-ACT walker in pursuit of Baze Malbus and Chirrut Imwe[1], how large Krennic seems when he explains the magnitude of power the silent but deadly centerpiece of the movie, the Death Star.
And there is tension. Nobody in this movie seems save[2]. The plans for the death star need to be acquired, we never hear about the fate of the people who procured the plans of the first battle station.
The costumes are great. It feels like a blend of the uniforms and clothing we saw in the 70s and 80s in episodes IV and V.
Also, we finally got to see Bodhi Rook the character instead of the action figure and K-2SO will be a more active droid than we’ve previously witnessed.

And here is where my gripes start. And they’re all made up on assumptions, so please add a grain of salt to the following words.
Rogue One seems to be the callsign of the U-Wing starship and while i understand the significance of the designation and the history that it probably will have among the rebellion, it always seem odd to have the name of the movie mentioned in its narrative[3].
All the motivational talk, while surely being necessary in running a rebellion against a regime and also being a great callback to the intention of the original movie[4], but kind of took me out of the experience.
And Vader….why bring Vader in when Tarkin would have fit better into the story (from what i know of it at this point in time). Yes, replicating Peter Cushing’s likeness could have resulted in a CGI mess and it is far easier and cost efficient to put someone into a full body costume and get James Earl Jones to say a few lines. But we know Vader’s opinion about the death star and while his visit might have the intention of giving Krennic a slap on the wrist, i’d rather have Tarkin trying to take the project away from him.
And the Death Troopers….i took a looooong look at the various toys and for me, their design works much better when they’re in motion. So perhaps we should file them under “they’re alright”.

Anyway, after the 16th of december we’ll all be smarter in that department, and with all the merchandise that has already been purchased, the movie probably earned a small sum of money.

[1] the names in this movie are amazing!
[2] except Vader of course.
[3] someone at the end could add “with all the different planets we’ve visited in the last couple of days and the planet sized weapon we’ve encountered, we could call our memoirs “A Star Wars Story“.
[4] being a war movie inspired sci-fi movie.


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