Faith in the Force; Why You Shouldn’t Freak Out About The Rogue One Reshoots
When the trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was released back in April, we rightfully lost our ever loving minds. It had everything...AT-ATs! Mon Mothma! Forrest freakin' Whitaker!!!! The first of several Star Wars spin-offs we'll be getting over the next few years, this was a new chapter for the storied sci-fi franchise, as it would be the first film that wouldn't focus on our beloved Skywalker family (though Darth Vader is rumored to at least make a cameo).
However, this week produced a great disturbance in the Force, as several outlets reported that the new Emperor of the franchise, Disney, was in "crisis mode" over the project, and that reshoots were planned for this summer, with rumors spreading that Disney was not pleased with the first cut of the film, Naturally, much like Ewoks discovering a golden god trapped in their hunting net, the fanbase proceeded to freak the heck out...
But trust your instincts, young Padawans...the reshoots are nothing to fear just yet. Here are four reasons you should just trust in the Force and relax...
Do You Want Another Batman Vs. Superman?
One of the most circulated reasons that Disney wasn't a fan of the original Rogue One cut was that it was too "dark" and are seeking to add levity to the film via the reshoots, hoping to match the "tone" of the previous Star Wars films. This film, focusing on the stealing of the Death Star plans, is expected to take place in one of the darkest places on the Star Wars timeline, with the Galactic Empire at the height of its power, so it's safe to say that not all of our heroes will live to see their plan work in A New Hope, and I presume it won't end with our survivors dancing with Ewoks.
But remember the last time time someone took a beloved cinematic universe and plunged into the depths of Dark and Brooding-ville? Oh yeah, it was called Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. You know, the one where the director killed off one of the most important side characters of the Superman mythos, Jimmy Olsen, killed him off in an unnamed cameo in the first act and went on to call that "fun".
Now, the whole "dark and gritty" reboot thing isn't always bad. Just ask all the fans of Christopher Nolan's Batman franchise. But Nolan's magnum opus turned out to be a curse, as now EVERYTHING needs a dark and gritty reboot these days. Man of Steel, Fantastic Four...heck Disney's even giving their beloved animated characters scary stories in films like Maleficent and The Jungle Book. This spin-off should contain dark elements, yes. But in the end...
Star Wars Balances Dark and Light Rather Well
The points of these reshoots is to have Rogue One be more consistent with the tone of the previous Star Wars films. And yes, Star Wars movies are tons of fun...space battles, witty one-liners, lightsaber duels...there's something for everyone. It almost makes up for the fact that entire planets are blown to bits in not one, but two, films, including the most recent The Force Awakens...which, if you recall, opened with stormtroopers opening fire on civilians of a desert village. The Empire Strikes Back, often considered to be the best Star Wars movie, actually ends with the villainous Empire victorious, technically speaking. A common theme is "bringing balance to The Force". Star Wars itself does this rather well.
Reshoots Don't Automatically Mean The Movie Sucks
Let's go back to last summer. What movie was on everyone talking about? OK, yes, probably The Force Awakens. But what movie that people had actually seen were they talking about? Oh yes...Mad Max: Fury Road!!!
Fury Road was The Force Awakens of its time. It was a long-gestating sequel that was actually good, and in an era where every crappy movie these days is a crappy sequel, we needed that. And guess what? That needed reshoots.
And Mad Max fans promptly freaked out as well, presumably spraying their mouths with spray paint and jumping into a fiery inferno over the news, some believing the reshoots meant the hard-R rated Mad Max was going toward PG-13 territory. But the reshoots actually ended up expanding the Fury Road mythos even further, and no one complained as it went on to become one of the best action films of the decade.
The tale of Max and Furiosa is far from the only masterpiece to fall to reshoots. Other reshot classic include Rocky, Blade Runner, The Avengers and Back to the Future.
Trust in The Force...or the People Behind This Movie
I, like you, was skeptical when Disney announced they were making another adventure to a galaxy far, far away. But I, like you, was pleasantly surprised by how great The Force Awakens turned out to be. Nothing will ever compared to the original trilogy, but Force Awakens serves as an extremely worthy companion to the classic trio. With that, Disney built up a lot of trust with me.
Consider also that Gareth Edwards, the guy who made Godzilla cool again, is directing the film, not to mention a talented cast that includes not just the amazing Whitaker...seriously, try to name a Whitaker movie you hate, it's near impossible (Yeah, I forgot he was in Battlefield Earth)...but Felicity "Mrs. Stephen Hawking" Jones, Mads "Hannibal Lecter 2.0" Mikkelsen and Alan "Steve the Pirate" Tudyk. Perhaps the most interesting character I'm looking out for is the Imperial Officer (seen at the top of the page) portrayed Ben Mendelsohn, best known for his lead role in the Aussie classic Animal Kingdom.
So strike this movie down while you can. By December, it will be more powerful than you'll ever imagine...hopefully.
Are you excited for Rogue One? Sound off in the comments!
Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffMags5490.
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