Too often Hollywood gets itself into a rut. The moment one studio finds a winning formula, genre, or theme, the others are soon to follow and they all copy each other so much it becomes cliche and boring. It’s only natural. If you see success in front of you, why not do the same thing and recreate it? The other issue is listening to focus groups or conventional wisdom as a compass for all your stories. It’s easy to pay strict adherence to story conventions and practices as if breaking them is forbidden and a one way trip to failure-town. One of these rules is: Don’t kill off your main characters.
If you somehow didn’t manage to read the title before looking at this article, let me make it abundantly clear – SPOILERS AHEAD.
Rogue One has many ‘firsts’ for the Star Wars franchise. It’s the first Star Wars film to not have a text crawl in the beginning. The first to not have John Williams as the composer (No, the Ewok movies don’t count). It’s also the first to not have any Jedi. It stands apart on many different levels, making it a unique story within the Star Wars mythos.
After watching Rogue One for the first time, I thought I’d list off a bunch of my thoughts. And again it’s a minefield of spoilers, so don’t proceed if you don’t want to be spoiled.