Rogue One: A Star Wars Story


There was a minor dust-up earlier this week when a different critic’s review of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story ran with a headline saying it’s the first movie in the series to acknowledge that it’s about war. The guffaws came in fast; “of course it’s about war; the word ‘war’ is right in the name!” But in their hurry to take potshots at the writer (who did not compose the headline but did approve it), the peanut gallery missed one important thing: it’s actually right.

Yes, there’s always plenty of big war action inspired (in part) by the World War II dogfighting scenes George Lucas grew up on. But Star Wars movies have always been something more like epics and operas, with grand stakes and clear, black-and-white morality. Luke Skywalker may have been conflicted on learning that his enemy was also his father, but there was no question that…

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