Rogue One Provides A New Hope For Disney Franchise

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Everything That Episode 7 Should Have Been

The Star Wars franchise captured a huge following from 1977 till 2005, setting box office records with many of its releases. George Lucas created six episodes to his masterpiece saga that revolutionize the movie industry and changed filmmaking forever. But in 2012, George Lucas who owned 100% rights to the Star Wars universe sold the franchise to Disney for $4 billion. After much uncertainty, Disney revealed plans to release the new trilogy that covers Episode 7-9, as well as three other prequel movies. Some fans were excited while others were worried they would be watered down for children. The success of the Marvel universe and Avengers movies provided hope for everyone. Then the trailer released for Episode 7, and the hype dragon took off soaring burning everything in sight. Star Wars: The Force Awakens had all the pieces to be a game changer. It could have leaped the franchise forward as the previous trilogy had. Then they played it safe, albeit a few plot twists, it was fairly conservative. A replica of New Hope in the eyes of many viewers. However, Rogue One, proves to be a Star Wars film worthy of 2016.

What Did Rogue One Get Right?

The Force Awakens was not terrible by any means. It is still a classic and will be fondly remembered as time passes, but it falls short of being labeled a brilliant masterpiece. But fans were expecting a more immersive universe, new quotes, newer species or planets, anything. They copied the recipe of success for New Hope. This lowered the bar of expectations for Rogue One, which takes place in the events prior to Episode 4: A New Hope. What a pleasant surprise right before Christmas to have been gifted a stunning, unique, and interesting perspective to the Star Wars universe. Rogue One has one major flaw going against it, the film takes place during a time of few Jedi’s in the universe and there is none in the whole movie. With nothing to lose, why not bet the entire house on the flop. This aggressive approach paid off in a major way. Rogue One provides a really awesome inside view of daily life of civilians under the control of the Empire. Never before have we seen how harsh life was for citizens living inside a city under Imperial control. Rogue One also offers insight to how Imperial operations ran on other planets to gather resources. We got to see new environments that we typically wouldn’t see in other movies and Episode 7 failed to deliver in. We got to experience different drones, different empire soldiers, and even new ways the force can be used even by non-Jedis. With a constant flow of action and combat, this film had some incredible visual effects worthy of a 21th-century sci-fi. The new cast of characters was also a different blend compared to what we are used to, and towards the end, we embrace them completely.

Where Do We Go From Here?

We can only hope that Episode 8 uses the Rogue One playbook in trying to be innovative. The next Star Wars original film will be the Han Solo origin film. After the success of Rogue One, everyone is looking forward to another Star Wars movie without Jedis. It’s safe to say that Disney is leading this franchise in the proper direction. We can only hope that Luke Skywalker plays a larger role in Episode 8 as Rey learns how to master the force. It also wouldn’t hurt to see Kylo Ren’s mastery of the dark side of the force become more versatile. Maybe even see Supreme Leader Snoke’s purpose in the franchise. Perhaps we would be fortunate enough to see a new character or current character emerge into a role that became loved by all like Chirrut Imwe in Rogue One. His famous quote “The Force Is With Me, I am one with the force” has cemented itself into Star Wars lore and history. With minor course, correction and fan feedback, Episode 8 and the Han Solo film can continue the trend of being the absolute best films in the genre, and maybe the whole industry.

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Demon
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Great movie. Too bad Carrie Fisher died.

Gerson6868
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Very sad time indeed

Joker
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and the mother now as well

JonSnow
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And people said disney was going to ruin star wars. People are dumb, they got billions of dollars to make everything epic. Can’t wait for 8th movie and han solo film.

Bane
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Didn’t wanna write a comment until I saw the movie…and I am not disappointed. This movie was amazing. I went to see it cuz this post made it sound legit. Really awesome stuff.

Gerson6868
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Glad u saw it and enjoyed it

TylerDurden
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Already watched the movie and it was amazing. I hope the next ones are as good.

MadMax
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Disney killed Pirates Of The Caribbean but lets see

Gerson6868
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They started out ok but then they squeezed the cow dry

JohnWick
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I must say Disney has really proven me wrong. Watched the movie and it was amazing.

Gerson6868
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Don’t give so much credit to Disney , they love to meddle too much in shit and end up Fucking shit up

Singado69
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Haven’t had time, but everything I hear is great about the movie.

Gerson6868
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Ur single go watch it already

Gerson6868
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Love this movie and what it represents for the future of the franchise … I hope they one day explore the universe of the old republic … that will be the day that the Star Wars franchise hits a game 7 wining grand slam

Joker
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I have yet to go see it but planning on it

Singado69
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On the same boat.

Gerson6868
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Papo what u waiting for GO buy a ticket right now

Kal-El
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I had really low expectations for rogue one and it blew me away. It was really well done. If this movie had Jedi’s it would of been better than episode 7 by a long shot. I can’t wait for the Han Solo origin.

Singado69
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It really sucks that there was no jedi’s in the movie. Hopefully episode 8 brings them back.

Gerson6868
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Love this movie and the hope it brings

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