Category Archives: Star Wars

Rogue One: A General Overview

Please note: I have attempted to keep this post spoiler free.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is the first in the series of anthology movies which are being released on alternating years from the main saga movies. The purpose of the anthology movies is to add more depth to the Star Wars universe and tell stories which compliment the saga chapters of the franchise.

The prologue to Rogue One takes place 13 years prior to the main film, with the main events of the story taking place directly before Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope (released in 1977).

Let me continue by stating that from the standpoint of the Star Wars universe there was no actual need to make Rogue One in my view. Episode IV began with that now very famous scene with the Star Destroyer chasing the Corellian Corvette as Vader chases the Rebels for the plans to the Death Star was an excellent opening to the movie and needed no further explanation as we knew what we needed to know and were happy with that at the time.

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Having said that though I am glad they made Rogue One and here is why.

To begin with it has the look of a Star Wars movie however it does not have the complete feel of a saga movie and that is a good thing. For this reason the viewer is very much aware they are watching a movie set in the Star Wars universe but is a stand alone movie and not one of the saga entries.

Rogue One to me almost feels like a war movie in which the protagonists go on a mission to achieve something and have to faced insurmountable odds to complete their objective.

It has a good strong cast of characters led by Felicity Jones in the starting role of Jyn Erso. Other notable cast members include Diego Luna, Donnie Yen, Ben Mendelsohn, Alan Tudyk & Forrest Whitaker. However it is the performance by Jones that really carries this movie. Over the course of the film we see Jyn Erso go through many stages of development as the film rolls on.

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Effects wise Rogue One sets the standard very high with many ground breaking special effects used in the film to great effect. They did not in anyway overpower the movie which can sometimes be the case with big Hollywood movies. The effects in this entry compliment and add to the movie greatly.

The plot and storyline I felt moved along at a nice steady pace with the action scenes getting bigger the deeper into the movie you went.

Overall Rogue One is a solid entry into the Star Wars universe and after watching it one could not help but feel a desire to go home and put Episode IV into your player of choice and watch it. With that in mind Rogue One achieved it’s mission that it set out to achieve in acting as a direct prequel to Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope.

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Daisy Ridley: A Rey of light for Star Wars

While  I am scheduled to do a generalised Force Awakens post on Thursday after seeing an article online last night I felt compelled to make this post ahead of the other one.

For the article I referenced above please see the following link

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-12-28/missing-star-wars-hero-has-fans-asking-wheres-rey/7056480

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It is not often that history repeats itself. Only through careful design and planning can it have a chance of doing so. However history has indeed repeated itself when you look at casting choices in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope & Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

For A New Hope all three actors Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford had a small body of work before staring in Star Wars. With the exception of Ford who’s biggest release prior to Star Wars was the 1973 movie American Graffiti, both Hamill & Fisher had only really done work domestically in America.

The creative force (no pun intended) behind episode 7 have done the same thing taking three relatively unknown actors and putting them firmly in the spotlight. In this case its John Boyega, Adam Driver & Daisy Ridley. It is the latter’s performance that I shall focus on now.

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As mentioned above the casting choices for the new Star Wars introduced us to relatively unknown actors naturally as a result of this I had not seen any of the work that Daisy Ridley had done before episode 7. Which results in my initial option of her skills as an actor were based solely on her performance in The Force Awakens.

However with playwright and actor Arnold Ridley (The plays The Wrecker, Ghost Train in 1927 & Dad’s Army as Private Godfrey) as her great-uncle one suspects Daisy is of a strong acting lineage.

Being cast in episode 7 was exactly the global exposure the Daisy not only needed but also deserved. Here is why.

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The Force Awakens gives Daisy the widest pallet possible for an actor to portray a huge rage of acting skills all packaged together in one movie.

There were plenty of action scenes where she was running and climbing and dodging fire from the enemy which shows her skills for action movies. However she was not only able to show her credentials as an action star but was able to convey the full range of emotions all in just over two hours of film including sadness, fear and anger as shown here.

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Daisy has the skills to act in almost any movie which will be a huge asset to her as role come her way and her profile continues to grow. She is certainly a rising star of the movie industry. She is an amazing talent and I for one will watch with great interest to see her career grown and bloom as time goes on.

As a side note for the anime & Studio Ghibli fans out there Daisy is providing voice acting work for the character Taeko Okajima in the English dub of the Ghibli release Only Yesterday due for release in 2016.

Thanks should be given to those who cast episode 7 for putting Daisy in the role of Rey she is a strong female main character who is played by a very talented young lady. Who I hope will be a role model to all the young kids out there seeing the movie both girls & boys.

Hopefully Disney and Lucusfilms realise the awesome potential they have in this character and they change their marketing strategies to include more Rey products  and unlike in the article I referenced in the beginning we won’t be asking “Where’s Rey” in the future.