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Rogue One (2016)
The new and improved Star Wars prequel
After The Force Awakens, I was keeping a vigilant eye for the newest Star Wars films from Disney. Different directors would tackle different films, and it would be a new era for Lucasfilm. First there was The Force Awakens, which was fun, if not better than the original trilogy. I enjoyed it, but it felt like a retread of A New Hope.
Then came Rogue One.
A compelling setup before the very first Star Wars film, it tells us about the origins of the Death Star and the mission to steal its plans. New characters and new worlds are featured, and it shows traces of the original trilogy we all know and love. Lots of action, and not Jedi-centered. Star Wars is more than just the Jedi and the Skywalkers. It's about war and conflict, and intergalactic battles. And this movie delivered.
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A fitting and redemptive end (for George Lucas) to the prequel trilogy
After Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones, I wasn't sure that there was going to be much redemption for George Lucas. But I was wrong. Revenge of the Sith is the darkest Star Wars film since The Empire Strikes Back. It ties all the loose ends neatly together from the previous two prequels, and it delivers us the final moments of Anakin Skywalker before he became Darth Vader. I could complain about the cheesy dialogue and the overdone special effects, but those are minor compared to what I felt in the theater. George Lucas, I forgive you for the first two prequels. You've really made me love Star Wars again. There's action galore, and I wasn't bored in the slightest. I won't say Revenge of the Sith is perfect, and there were parts that could have been handled better, but other than that, it was a good, if not excellent film that I could probably watch several more times. And the DVD wasn't bad either. It had all the best things about Star Wars. Revenge of the Sith is now my favorite film of the Star Wars prequel trilogy. Third time is definitely the charm!
A welcome return to the galaxy we all know and love!
It was 10 years since Revenge of the Sith, and we got another Star Wars film. No, it's not perfect, and it's not as good as the original trilogy, but it's definitely better than the prequels. New worlds, new characters, and I admit, yes, it does follow A New Hope, but it's still good. If you were disappointed by the prequels, this is the perfect remedy! The parallels between this and A New Hope are not a cop out, and it's not laziness. It's familiar territory, and that's what we fans have come to expect. I remember JJ Abrams as the guy who reinvented Star Trek and made Chris Pine Captain Kirk, and now he's done it again. Not only has Abrams made me a Star Trek fan due to his recent movies, he's made me love Star Wars again. I'm hoping Star Wars: Episode VIII will be good too, as will Episode IX.