So as you’ve been noticing, we’ve gone through the Star Wars saga from the beginning (i.e. the prequels) and are as of this writing nearly done with the saga leading up to the release of The Last Jedi, here just 12 days away.
My girlfriend brought up an interesting point that a lot of fans may have overlooked about the saga being that the prequels weren’t the best movies ever. It’s that, after going through the story from the beginning (story wise) it’s added more depth to the story, with references to The Clone Wars, or the past history of Anakin and Obi Wan, those references actually have context and meaning now.
Whereas before they were just mere words, now they have context and meaning. Obi Wan and Vader feel like more full characters with this added information, and the saga is richer for having this part of the story added. It’s just a shame that the story wasn’t told as well as it could have been.
As far as Rogue One goes, I still maintain that it fleshes out the story that much further, and it’s brilliantly made and shot. I just wish that we’d gotten to know the characters more before their sacrifice.
The main link between the prequels and the Original Trilogy is the cameo appearance of Jimmy Smitts as Bail Organa. His role isn’t major, but it doesn’t need to be. There are some moments of bad homages and foreshadowing to A New Hope, like the Dr. Evazan and Ponda Baba cameo “We’re wanted men!” But even still, that last act makes the movie, and it sets up A New Hope quite excitingly.
It doesn’t mesh completely well with A New Hope, but my theory is that Vader technically wasn’t supposed to cut loose with his full power during that mission, and had to dial it back during the actual confrontation aboard the Correlian Cruiser. Which makes sense seeing as he was accusing Princess Leia Organa, a member of the Galactic Senate.
Even if he saw her ship flying away at the end of Rogue One, these were strong accusations when the Senate was still a part of the Imperial Government, and likely needed strong proof to back up accusations like that.
Now on to my thoughts about Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope. It’s still one of the best movies of all time, just in and of itself. The world building, nay, universe building George Lucas did in that movie is astounding, especially for the time it was made.
Sure, some of the choices made in his later revisions of the film may be questionable, but I look at those and I see a man who wanted the world to see the movie that he saw himself making, and not just the one limited by the special effects of the time the film was made.
The story is straight out of a Joseph Campbell lecture mythology, it’s become the definition of the heroes journey when it comes to relating that concept to a modern audience, and it works perfectly.
You take that, and factor in George’s love for samurai films, old movie serials, and World War 2 dog fights, put that in space next to a John Williams score, an amazing team of set designers, costumers, visual effects geniuses all combined with the brilliant sound design of Ben Burtt and there is no doubt that this movie is one of the greatest movies of all time.