By now, there has been so much coverage in ways of analysis on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Honestly, what’s left to talk about? The media, from news-sites to fan-sites, and every corner of the internet has turned this first Star Wars standalone film inside-out, and dissected it from every angle possible. But here, at Coffee with Kenobi, we do our best (by tradition) to take a closer look at even the tiniest of details, through what’s been noted as a critical lens. We do this in hopes to shine some light on possible new perspectives and ideas. Hopefully, I’ll be somewhat successful with what I’m bringing to the table today.
No one thinks of “quiet” and “calm” when they think of Star Wars. No one. From the very first blast of the iconic John Williams’ score at the beginning of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, to the fantastic ships, weapons, thundering confrontations and larger than life characters, it’s a loud saga. Big. Booming. Atlas holding the sphere of the world and tossing it around like a ping-pong ball. But it has occurred to me recently, after my most recent viewing of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, that it is in simple, quiet moments and the characters who define them that I find the most power, more than any other Star Wars film.
“The strongest stars have hearts of Kyber.” — Chirrut Imwe
There’s something to be said about this quote or dialogue spoken by the Guardian of the Whills, Chirrut Imwe. It’s amazing what one line can do and how it can trigger a plethora of thoughts; not much different from saying a picture is worth a thousand words. These words unleashed a multitude of emotions on me, and I can’t help myself from going back to it.
So, this was a new experience! I’ve never reviewed a coloring book before, and I don’t think I’ve actually colored since I was in grammar school. And that was many decades ago. When presented with the opportunity to review Art of Coloring: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (recommended ages 18-99), I was pretty excited. I went to the store, bought a box of Crayola crayons (64 colors, sharpener included!) and got to work.
I had forgotten how time-consuming coloring can be. I had also forgotten how soothing it can be. I understand now the recent trend toward adult coloring books. Sometimes you just need to let your mind go, focus on something a bit creative, and relax. Not to get too personal, but I received some very bad news this week. I was in a fair amount of distress, but in the time I was coloring, I felt better. Honestly!
Yes, that’s right, you heard me, I said that dirty little word “prequel.” Well, guess what? You best get used to hearing it, seeing it, and reading it more often, especially now. You see, there’s a new movie coming out in about three months, and this impending film is set to take place “before” Star Wars: A New Hope. Therefore, making it a prequel film and, yes, I’m talking about Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Call it whatever you like, a pioneering film or a groundbreaker. Either way you say it, it is still a prequel. Like them or don’t like them. Regardless, they’re here to stay.
Star Wars is evolving and, as fans, we need to do the same. It’s a new generation of Star Wars and George Lucas is no longer at the helm. Ok, so that might be old news, but so is the timeless fact that we cannot change things that we have no control over. That said, I love Star Wars – all of it! Do I agree with every tiny detail of it? No, but that doesn’t change my love for that galaxy far, far away. Why? Well, for starters, it was meant to be what it is today. The first six were meant to follow a specific pattern – like a poem – they rhyme. There are parallelisms, there are mythology patterns, and yes, tantalizing visuals that are way ahead of their time and remarkably, are still impressive to this very day. Yes, in both the original and prequel films. Side note, there are more practical models in The Phantom Menace than in any of the original three films. Anyways, moving along …
This past week, Anthony Breznican shared a group of stories on Entertainment Weekly with all new information regarding Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which is coming out this December. We learned more about the characters, including their names and what sort of purposes they serve, as well as a character from the small screen coming to the big screen. With all this intrigue and new information, what is there to glean about how this will impact the greater mythos while being a standalone film?