Movie Advent Calendar #03 – Rogue One

“I’m one with the Force. The Force is with me.”

In 2011 I did a musical advent calendar that I posted to Google+ (remember that) and a final summary on this blog. In 2012 I did a cinematic advent calendar of twenty four films. These were films that I really liked and have enjoyed at the cinema. In 2019 I did a televisual advent calendar of twenty four television programmes. These were television programmes that I really liked and have enjoyed watching. This year on a similar theme I will be posting a movie advent calendar of twenty four movies.

As a young kid I didn’t go to the cinema very often, but one film I did go and see, and had to queue all around the market square in Cambridge for, was Star Wars. I didn’t go to the cinema very often when i was young, but I never remember really long queues for films, the queue for Star Wars was unprecedented, it was huge. I have never seen anything like this again. Star Wars was, and still is, an amazing piece of cinema. 

If you were to ask me what my favourite Star Wars film was before 2016, I would have had to say Star Wars: A New Hope. Now days though I would say Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Rogue One details the Rebel Alliance’s first effective victory against the Empire, first referenced in Star Wars’ opening crawl. The film is essentially the story referenced in that crawl.

This is not a hero film, in the way that the Skywalker films were, this is a spy film, a war film and an adventure film. It is in the Star Wars universe, but this is nothing like the trilogies. I like the roughness of the characters, but you still have that element of humour that makes a Star Wars film, a Star Wars film. The K-2SO droid is an example of this, with their characterisation and dialogue.

The assault on Scarif was very much filmed like a war film. The tropical beach setting was a change from the deserts of Tatooine and the ice of Hoth. I also through the cinematography of this section of the film was excellent.

I have also enjoyed Andor the prequel series on Disney+.

Get Rogue One at Amazon.