Right off the bat, I’m going to admit that I am in fact clueless when it comes to star wars. I was one of those kids that was more interested in reading and writing than Star Wars (I also was one of the only kids in my class that grew up with yu-gi-oh not Pokemon). I have literally only watched two of the prequels, the first movie and the force awaken so yeah, you are going to have to trust my expert opinion. First of all, this movie was way, way different than what I thought it would be. I did not expect a dark film where every single freaking major character dies. Yes. They all died. Now that we’ve acknowledged the elephant in the room, let’s start with the positives.
This movie escaped disneyfication (making a movie lighter and more family friendly) and that in itself is an immense achievement. Well, obviously it had a strong female lead, a known trademark of Disney but let’s ignore that. Another achievement was that it possible filled one of the biggest plot holes in star wars, y’know, the itching question about how a single missile destroys the entire Death Star so good on them. And now readers, I would like to ask you, did you expect so much death? No? Me neither and that’s what surprised me. This movie played on my expectations that we would have a lovely~ disney ending filled with love and happiness and in a way we did get a Disney ending, with the death of our lovely main characters ending in an embrace while they were killed by a giant death beam. Besides, Jyn, the main characters were well fleshed out and enjoyable, there was also a diverse cast with a wide range of personalities.
And now for the negatives. As much as I liked this movie I couldn’t ignore the main character’s rather unmemorable performance. While Rey and Luke Skywalker were strong, well acted characters Jyn was rather boring and the stereotypical strong war-torn female lead that we’ve seen so much times and it’s frankly getting boring. Hell, I couldn’t even remember her name until i checked the Wikipedia article. Jyn. Okay. Did not know that. Besides the rather unmemorable lead, I was rather confused why this movie was actually made. Yeah, I know it filled a couple of plot holes but it isn’t possibly related to The Force Awakens. Well it probably is… But there is a tiny chance that this is a cash cow meant to make money of The Force Awakens. I also hated the plot formula (until the end) which was a classic modern day Disney movie which basically just lacked creativity.
In Conclusion, this is a gritty, realistic movie that you probably shouldn’t show to you 7 year old star wars obsessed child but is a quiet enjoyable movie for adults. The plot is a bit associated with the prequels and sequels (so this is the sequels of the prequels and the prequel of the main story but has nothing (?) to do with the main story. Okay) so if you have not watched any of the movies or only TFA this movie isn’t worth spending 10 dollars for a ticket. Overall it’s a great movie with some flaws.