The new year has arrived which means plenty of movies to look forward to in the coming weeks and months ahead.
After only a year later of coming off the high of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Gareth Edwards’ (Godzilla, Monsters) Rogue One faces the task of living up to both the original trilogy and The Force Awakens. A standalone film set in-between the prequels and the original trilogy, Rogue One is a unique project that doesn’t follow the same rules.
It doesn’t have Jedi, the classic text crawl, or familiar faces for fans to connect with — and as a war film and not a space opera, it sets itself apart even further, taking Disney out of their comfort zone and into darker territory. Yet, defying the odds, Edwards recaptures the excitement and feel of Star Wars while simultaneously making it his own and, quite possibly, setting the standard for future Star Wars installments to come.
When I saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens at an early Tuesday screening, I was overcome with a rush of emotions when the first note of the John Williams score erupted to open the iconic yellow Star Wars scroll. I couldn’t believe I was watching another Star Wars movie — I can still remember forever ago when the announcement of a new chapter broke — and here I was, actually watching Episode 7. I promise this review will not contain any plot details or spoilers about the film — I’m not that guy.
The past couple of days have been pretty “tough” for me not being able to say anything about the film, to discuss its secrets with anyone. It’s a cool and “elitist” feeling knowing that I’m one of the few hundreds of people around the world who has already seen this highly, highly anticipated film, when just days from now millions and millions will flock to theaters to consume the flick. But I need to talk to somebody about it, ok? I’m getting a bit stir crazy.
We still have a ways to go until we see JJ Abrams bring us back to the world of Star Wars (hopefully lens flare free, though unlikely). We do, however, have something to satisfy our sci-fi thirst: the power of ‘The Force.’
Okay, before you jump for joy and risk colliding with a low ceiling, or ceiling fan, let’s take a step back. It’s not the actual ‘Force’ so, no, you are not going to be able to go all Darth Vader on your boss because he won’t let you take vacation time. This ‘Force’ comes in the form of an armband device developed by Thalmic Labs, according to Diply.com.
Disney is definitely milking their acquisition of the Star Wars franchise for all its got. Not only is a sequel trilogy promised (and in the works) but now they are planning to make ‘spin-off‘ movies to be released in the intravenous years. Starting 2015, we will get one Star Wars movie each year for however many years its going to take. While I should love this news, there are many things about the production that set me back.