June 16, 2019

Rogue One – My Introduction to Star Wars

When Star Wars was released in 1977, I was 11 years old and my parents went out on a date to see it. My dad was wearing a blue sport coat and my mother was in a blue jumpsuit with a white jacket. Her long, beautiful, black hair was piled high on her head and I remember thinking then, as I do now, that she was the most beautiful woman in the world. My dad loved the movie and the entire franchise quickly became one of his favorite things. It is a memory I treasure.

I never saw the original Star Wars. In fact, up until this past weekend, I had never seen any of the Star Wars movies. Not one, not ever. I wasn’t boycotting the films, nor was it on purpose. I simply never got around to seeing them. It is not really a genre of film I rush out to see, and since my ex-husband was a Star Wars fan, he was in charge of making sure my son saw them all. This weekend everything changed when I went to see the new film Rogue One – A Star Wars Story.

I was invited to attend the World Premiere on Saturday night and went more to support my friends who worked on the film, than to actually see the movie. From the moment I stepped onto the red carpet I knew something special was happening. The energy was palpable and the anticipation of the crowd was electric. People were really excited about what they were about to see and I was really excited to have “accidentally” bumped into Ricky Martin. 

I settled into my seat and for the next two hours and thirteen minutes I was sucked into a new world. I found myself becoming invested in the story and was cheering with the crowd, even though I was not always sure exactly what I was cheering for. This film is fantastic. Not from a Star Wars perspective, since I don’t really have one, but from a simple entertainment perspective. It is funny, sad, fast, complicated, inspiring, hopeful, tragic, and truly mesmerizing.

If you know the Star Wars story there are a lot of things that will make sense to you in a way that they didn’t to me, but caused the fans in the know to lose their minds. The performances are perfection and I left the theater feeling like I actually knew these characters, which is insane but really lovely. People will love this film. Even if you have never seen a Star Wars movie you will love this film and want to invest your time in watching all the ones that came before.

I do not review movies, but I will tell you this film is worth seeing. I became a Star Wars fan because of this movie. I also fell in love with Donnie Yen because of this film. I also became weak in the knees when Diego Luna hugged me and almost kissed Mads Mikkelson inappropriately when we chatted. Felicity Jones is a true movie star and Alan Tudyk as K-2S0 is simply everything. Go see Rogue One. It will be worth the hundred dollars it costs to go see a movie these days.

I am going to watch all the other Star Wars films, then I am going to see Rogue One again so I can catch all the inside things I missed. I have always loved the idea of Star Wars because of my parents going on a date all those years ago, and am excited to now be a fan all these years later. I really hope my beloved father will see this film, in a galaxy far, far, away. You are going to love this movie Dad. May the force be with you and may I always be keeping the faith.