There’s a very good chance that by now, you’ve seen Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, or you’re planning to see it very soon. As with previous Star Wars film and, well, every big movie, there’s a lot you don’t catch on during your first glimpse. That’s what we’re here for: To fill you in on what’s important.
1. This is the First Star Wars Film Without the Scrolling Text at the Beginning of the Movie
To tell you the truth, I was quite stunned when I was sitting in the theatre and the movie just started. I forgot about it 2 minutes into the film, but initially I was like “WTF?!”, expecting to see the yellow text rolling up the screen, if only for tradition sake. But this is outside the main trilogies storytelling frame, so something had to be different right off the bat.
2. The First Star Wars Film Without Anyone Mentioning the Name Skywalker
We do have a Skywalker in the film (Darth Vader). We do have a force wielder in the film (Vader, again), at least one. One might argue that Chirrut Îmwe is a force wielder. However, the Skywalker family is the center of action in the seven previous Star Wars films. In Rogue One? The “little” people, which was a nice change.
3. The First Star Wars Film With a Woman Receiving Top Billing
One can say that Rey (Skywalker?) was the big star of Episode VII, but you can argue about that. However, Jyn Erso, portrayed by Felicity Jones, is undoubtedly the central character in Rogue One. Star Wars put females in the lead two movies in a row, but it didn’t feel forced or anything, which goes to show someone did a good job of writing these films.