I’m not going to lie to you. After the final prequel film ended, and the saga was complete, I was left unsatisfied. We were given three new, and unfulfilling movies that were pale comparisons to their predecessors, and they failed to add anything new to the experience, and in many cases, depreciated the originals joy and creativity. And it was over. No more Star Wars. No hope.
As I am in love with Star Wars enough to look past many things, I still purchased the movies and began watching The Clone Wars tv series when it came out. This was a good thing. Though the show skewed young, it aged with it’s female protagonist, Ahsoka Tahno, and in not-so-small of a way, made up for the disappointing prequel films. This, at least, was Star Wars.
Then Star Wars Rebels happened, and I was finally getting Star Wars on the level I needed. It isn’t the big screen romp I wanted, but it was good storytelling, in the galaxy far, far away. My hope began to kindle.
The Force Awakens came the following year, and my hope for a world where new and inspiring Star Wars stories took flight. Was it a perfect movie? No, but it did something that none of the prequels had done. It reminded me of why I loved Star Wars, and gave me something new, in the form of some of the most complex and interesting characters we’ve yet to see in Star Wars. I was ready.
And now, Rogue One, A Star Wars Story has arrived, and it truly is my New Hope for Star Wars. They succeeded on every level. Do I think there are flaws in the film? Yes. But then again, there were flaws in 4, 5 and 6 too. But they were the flaws you look over, because ultimately they do not detract from the overall experience of the film–which was a lot of fun! In fact, I truly only have two problems with the film, and both of them involve unnecessary cameos of characters from episode 4. But they are small complaints, because when the credits finally rolled, I was not left unsatisfied, or unfulfilled. I left the theatre loving Star Wars that much more.
Thank you, Gareth Edwards. #YouDoneGood