I was invited by Disney on a Rogue One press trip. All opinions shared are my own.
Finally! Yes, I can start saying that I was more than just 28 minutes of Rogue One at the Skywalker Ranch! I watched the movie and kept at the edge of my seat just as I did with the infamous 28 minutes. It is time for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Takeaway.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Takeaway
As Star Wars fans there is much that we look into, analyze, assume, and sometimes act out….because we have to play with our kids :-). At the heart of the story we could argue that it is all about Good vs. Evil. If you ask me though, I always find some philosophical aspect that I love to point out. In Rogue One, it is not about ideology. I feel that it is all about real humanity:
Everyone can make a difference:
Riz Ahmed said it eloquently in his exclusive interview with us. I believe he is right. Despite his character being full of regret, he stands up for what he believes in. In the word of Ahmed: “at some point, it’s on you to stand up for what you believe in. And try and make a contribution for what you think is right.”.
But not only the resilient, can-do attitude which is very much alive in Jyn Erso played by Felicity Jones. It also talks about an ordinary girl who make the best of things. In doing so, she is true to herself. As Jones puts it: “You don’t have to conform to an idea of what a girl should be. There should be no need to work towards a standard of what a woman should be. Instead, we should be celebrating what is different about us.”.
When your lead male role (Captain Cassian Andor played by Diego Luna) talks on screen with an accent, there is pretty much nothing else more resounding in terms of diversity. Nevertheless, the Rogue One team is in itself a group of people from different paths of life and backgrounds. They come together to pursue a common goal and become family as a result of it. Time to embrace our differences and become a better planet together!
Not only for what I said in that bit about diversity. Also because we all pretty much might have grown up with Star Wars. All the actors we interviewed gave us a back story of watching Star Wars with their kids, growing up with the franchise or having their kids push them to go do the movie. Family by blood, by common goals or by the love of Star Wars has an important place in this galaxy.
Be the Best:
Hopefully not at evil like Darth Vader. Hard work being focuses and devoted to your metiere will take you far. Just ask Beh Mendelsohn on his impressive list of sociopathic performances that landed him the Rogue One role in which he really brings our a superb bad guy, Director Krennic.
Life needs it. Even under the worst circumstances. Your heart and even your mental focus need it. Be on the look out for K-2SO which helps lessen the tension or cheer on with his wit.
When you believe, you achieve. Believe in yourself. Believe in what will propel you to reach your dreams and in the process help others. Chirrut played by the amazing Donnie Yen brings that about constantly in the movie.
Rogue One is so much more than the fight for freedom or the flame of hope. The mix and match of all of what the movie brings forth helps us in the end to believe that we can. Believe in ourselves and go for it. That is precisely the takeaway from Rogue One Director Gareth Edwards.
About Rogue One
In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.
Rogue One – A Family Movie PG13
We get a new Star Wars opportunity to share a story we love with our friends and family. Worried about your little ones? There is violence, but it is too alien to truly affect them. It passes more as lots of action. There is no nudity, no romance, and while there is death, it is not gruesome, or dragged out in the film. We have out tickets and can’t wait to hear what you think about Rogue One.
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