ByDavid Stansberry, writer at
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David Stansberry

Can you believe it? Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens will be on Blu-ray in less than 2 months. That means a couple of things:

  • I (and every other Star Wars freak) will be obsessing over the deleted scenes and special features that will inevitably be included in the Blu-ray release.
  • The Mayans were way off. It's been over 3 years since 2012 and we've even gotten to see a new Star Wars movie come out in theaters.
  • And perhaps most importantly, the premiere of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is less than a year away.

Do you notice something about the title of this movie? Something small... something insignificant...

The title of the movie is structured differently from other 'Star Wars' films.

Call me crazy, but I think this is a subtle way that Disney/Lucasfilm is letting us know that this film, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be something entirely different from the Star Wars films we know and love. And I for one, think that this is an awesome concept to think about.

I am a Star Wars freak. I love the movies, the games, the comics, the EU (Legends), the t-shirts, the mugs, the Pez dispensers, everything. But I would be lying if I said that I wanted Rogue One: A Star Wars Story to be just another Star Wars film. I want to see blood, I want to see the grit and grime of war. I want to see suffering and hardship and camaraderie and the effects that battle has on the human body and mind. I want Saving Private Ryan with blasters, thermal detonators, and maybe a lightsaber or two. No Matt Damon. No Vin Diesel.

Now, I am realistic. I don't expect to see limbs blown off or a scene as intense as the opening beach scene in Saving Private Ryan, because after all, it is at the end of the day a Disney production. But hey, if they're willing to do some of the things they've done in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (killing Quicksilver, destroying cities, snapping necks, etc.) then maybe we might get to see a "tougher" and more intimate look into the Galactic Civil War that affected billions.

Did Lucas's films really give us insight into the horrors of war? You could argue that he did, especially in a few key moments in the prequel trilogy, but most of that was just political rhetoric and animated clone troopers. But with J.J. Abrams's successful direction/release of Episode VII, we did get a much more dramatic look into what would happen if war could be waged on a galactic scale.

If anything, it illustrates the emotional intensity and tone of a film like the one I'm describing. It is this scene in the Episode VII where Finn takes his helmet off, obviously disturbed by the events and the death he has been forced to witness and take part in. If that scene could carry as much weight as it did in a more light-hearted adventure story like Episode VII, just imagine what an entire war epic, littered with moments like this, would be like.


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