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With Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm, they now have all of the rights to Indiana Jones, but more importantly, Star Wars as well. In 2015, the released The Force Awakens, and now, they’ve released Rogue One, with one more film being released per year for the next 3 years at least. Of these two films, which do you prefer? We can look at all aspects, but I’m going to look mainly at the story today, and focus on how they compare with each other, how they stand alone, and how they’re reminiscent of the original films. Let’s ring the bell and start the fight!
The Force Awakens had the pressure of being the first sequel to Return of the Jedi after 30 years of absence, and because of that, this film needed to recapture old fans, as well as bring in the new. It’s a big responsibility, and this film, to me, did it’s job very well. We had our original characters in the film, with stakes higher than ever as Han Solo and Leia Organa’s kid is the main villain and wants to be just like his grandfather, Darth Vader. We also have three new great characters in Rey, Finn and Poe Dameron who are very much reminiscent of the original characters in Leia, Luke, and Han. This film is very reminiscent of the original trilogy, actually, that people often complain that it’s “nothing new,” even though it combines all three movies AND adds to them in great ways. Disney, as well as the cast, said that this was intentional to bring all fans together, and then things will change a lot in the 9th film, which will be more like “Empire” in tone, but original in the story.
Rogue One had a lot of pressure, as well, as it is the first standalone movie in Star Wars history, and had to interest the audience in stories that would be simply one-offs. This film also had to introduce us to new characters, and be a successful prequel to A New Hope. In my opinion, this film was a successful prequel but lacked the same magic that the characters had in the original trilogy, and even in The Force Awakens. Even though this ending was one of the most excellent of all times, I felt that most moments leading up to that were missed opportunities in character growth. Jyn felt pretty stoic to me, as did a few other of the characters, and although they were important to the Rebellion, and to the entire Star Wars saga, I didn’t feel like they felt important enough to watch until the end. We hardly got backstory for any of the characters and I didn’t know why we were following these people or why they were willing to die for the Rebellion. It just didn’t seem convincing and I wasn’t into the movie like I should have been, and it’s not for lack of trying.
For me, the winner is easily The Force Awakens, as the story was just much more fun, the characters much better developed, and the film much more epic in general. I did appreciate the intimacy of Rogue One, but I ultimately feel that they fell flat, and I didn’t have fun watching the movie like I was hoping, or expecting to. What about you? Which one would you choose as the more superior film, or which one you enjoyed more? As always, thanks for reading, share if you liked this, and I’ll see you soon!