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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

I saw Rogue One: A Star Wars Story yesterday, and I left the cinema in tears. I love the movie too much! It’s the first time I feel so close to a Star Wars movie. One of the strong points of the film is its diversity in characters: identifying with one of them is easy. Not only that, you feel that the mix is natural, just in the way it happens in our streets. It’s true that the characters aren’t fully developed, but they’re enough as to let the audience follow their quest and imagine their back stories.

[SPOILERS ahead: if you haven’t seen the movie yet, please refrain from reading beyond this point.]

I cried a river during the film. Even if the main topic is hope, we can honestly say that watching your heroes die for a cause for a greater good is hard. I felt betrayed, and yet I left the cinema hopeful.

For some reason, I connected with Captain Cassian Andor quickly. Maybe my brain had seen him before, but I couldn’t recognize the actor. (Yes, I’m horrible at remembering famous people’s names! I use the characters’ names instead!) He has done too much for the cause, even regrettable things that he keeps in his heart. He is a bright cautious man who has spent all his life fighting. However, he has also done things he undoubtedly regrets. He had to do them, but he regrets them. Played by Diego Luna, a Mexican actor, he’s one of a kind. Broken inside, he tries to redeem himself by fighting one last time.

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I also loved the Android K-2SO. From now on he’s officially my favorite droid from the Star Wars Universe. He’s funny, although his tendency to give you the odds of “you won’t survive this,” can have the worst timings.

I also adored the rest of the cast, with an exception: Jyn Erso. I know, she’s the female lead of the film, and yet I cannot fully believe her. She is too proud and too volatile. She does what she has to do, but the problem is that I have a hard time believing her background. She’s supposed to come from a humble fighting origin, and yet she is wild and proud. There’s something amiss here.

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Chirrut Îme is a blind warrior who believes in the Force. He is a fierce warrior, and it looks like he uses the Force. He is so badass that I was rooting for him from the moment I saw him. (I cannot write here how much I cried when they killed him off!!!) Chirrut travels with his friend Baze Malbus, a Rebel mercenary. The duo is perfect together, and the feeling is that you want to befriend them asap.

Bodhi Rook is the pilot that defects the Empire and helps Galen Erso (Jyn’s Dad) to pass along a message of hope for the Rebels: there’s a way to destroy the Death Star he helped create. This guy is just a cargo pilot, and he seems lost during most of the movie. However, he happens to be a badass guy. He only needed time to show his teeth and his worth.

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There are many known faces in the movie, and there’s a shock at the end. By now, you already know why I cried so much during the film: all the Rogue One members die, but the mission is successful. They steal the maps of the Death Star, and they end up in the hands of Princess Leia. Hope, she says. And today, we learn that Carrie Fisher isn’t with us anymore. 2016 is proving to be the Empire, and our departed heroes are proving to be our Rogue One members.

It is shocking how a movie where all heroes perish is capable of bringing you so much hope. Hope for normalcy in diversity. This movie is what movies should be in Hollywood: showing up diversity as a regular thing, not as a rarity to applaud. And yet, even if there’s hope, we all realize how much more we have to work for it and equality.

Now tell me. How much did you cry with this movie?

  • I didn’t cry during the movie but I was really shocked by the entire thing! I wasn’t prepared for the ending and I went into it ready to be disappointment by the “diversity” of the film. I still wish they would actually have a woman of color in a Star Wars film and not just her voice or as a side character. Baby steps…

    But what they did do with the diversity of the film and how they made it a much darker Star Wars was amazing. I agree that there wasn’t much time to character build and I had a very hard time relating to Jyn more so because she changed so much from the trailers to the actual film. It is nice to see Star Wars becoming a reflection of the world around us because let’s face it there isn’t just one skin color in the world.

    • I think this is the first movie I’ve seen where diversity can be said to be on good terms. From now on, we can demand more! Baby steps, true, but now there’s basis on where to say: “hey, we want more. This movie worked, so no need to keep up with ancient stereotypes that aren’t helping anyone. Time to go even further!”
      I wasn’t prepared for a darker Star Wars, but it’s good that they depicted it in this way. Not only because you feel comfy and feel it more real thanks to the cast, but also because of the story. Wars aren’t fun. And even when there’s hope, you can be broken inside. This was a great movie: we need more than this and better than this!

      • YES!!! All of this! Now that it is seen that this formula can work we can do better and we demand more! Much more! Fill the screens with diverse casts and stop killing off a woman of color the moment things heat up between her and any man of any race that isn’t the same as her. I’m glad for the baby steps and I think this film really took a gamble and it paid off. Now Star Wars needs to be braver and take some inspiration from their books and comics and put women of color in film productions.

        • YAS! The formula works: now we need to improve it and demand much more! 🙂 We need to keep it up!

  • Mariah Kaercher

    I wasn’t expecting Rogue One to turn out the way it was going to. I think it depicts war accurately, how we lose the ones we love, but everyone is fighting for a cause.

    • Yes, it was shocking. I’m an easy cry in cinemas, so this movie had me sobbing since the moment I realized there wasn’t hope for the heroes, and yet, there was hope for the rest of the galaxy. They brought hope! And yet, I was in tears…

  • The first time I watch it, I was numb. My husband and friends actually commented they were surprised I wasn’t crying, they had previously seen me crying for 15 mins at the end of The Force Awakens.
    The second time I was a lot more emotional. The third time I saw Rogue One was the day Carrie Fisher died and I cried in the dark for the whole two hours.

    I have always had an emotional attachment to Star Wars and I’m sure in my 50s I will still cry at the films.

    • I’m an easy cry, tbh. But this movie had me in tears 🙁 And now more that I know Fisher isn’t with us anymore. It doesn’t matter the age, you get attached and you cry. It will happen to me always.