Almost 40 years ago, Star Wars enriched our lives. It's altered how we view movies, pop culture, and even science and technology. There has even been a number of censuses throughout the world where more than 390,000 people said they practice Jedi as their preferred religion. Many people talk about Star Wars daily, including myself, because Star Wars has changed lives and perhaps even the future as we know it.
As great as the movies are in general, they're not without flaws. Ever since 1999's The Phantom Menace was released and received a less than positive reception, people have been nervous for new Star Wars films. Many fans were excited for last year's The Force Awakens, but fans also knew not to get their hopes up so as to avoid a similar disappointment.
Since the announcement of Rogue One, people have been both nervous and excited — even though the saga has been given new life thanks to the success of The Force Awakens. So, I ask you this:
Will Rogue One Top The Prequels?
I must say it most definitely has the potential to top the movies that came before it. Throughout the prequel trilogy, the main positives were Darth Maul and the final fight between Anakin and Obi-Wan. Nothing else captured our attention in the same way.
The one thing Rogue One has that the prequels didn't is a solid, original story. You may disagree with that statement because the prequels were made after the original trilogy, so it had to have original content. But the prequels had to figure out where to begin and how to tie it in with the beginning of A New Hope. Characters such as Anakin and Obi-Wan had a direction in which they were forced to head. With Rogue One, the story is simple: How did the Rebels steal the Death Star plans?
Fans have been wondering that same question since 1977, and I believe this offers great plot and storyline potential.
What was done in 1999 to Star Wars won't change the past, but it most definitely can change the future. J.J. Abrams did an excellent job with The Force Awakens because he had an amazing storyline to work with. Yes, it was similar to A New Hope, but it's what fans fell in love with in 1977. Now, those same elements from The Force Awakens can be incorporated into Rogue One.
Many fans were very discouraged by Disney ordering reshoots, saying this was due to the film failing screen tests. Personally, the more I thought about it, the less worried I became. Many movies have had reshoots mere months before release, and those movies were huge box office successes. Those movies included Rocky, Back to the Future, and many other fan favorites. Most of the Rogue One reshoot rumors have been debunked and now December can come in peace. With this being a Disney title, of course the House of Mouse only wants this movie to be the best it can be, and we should respect that.
With a great plot, new characters and old ones such as Darth Vader, I assure you that this one will blow us out of our seats. And who knows? Maybe we'll see a Boba Fett cameo! There are lots of things in store for us and it's just around the corner, so don't blink!
December 16, 2016, is the expected release date for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. I'm sure you won't miss it, and may the Force be with you.