top five changes you would make to rogue one if you had the chance (vs: top five things you would never change)
Okay so I actually wrote this whole thing about this and then BACKED OUT OF THE PAGE AND LOST IT ALL and was too lazy to retype it until now. So, here we go! Still pretty off the cuff:
Things I Would Change
- The one real complaint I had about the movie is that I wanted more time. They do a nice job of fitting a ton of important plot points into a tight window, but the first time I left the theater, I felt like I wasn’t given enough time with these characters to truly buy into the fact that they had suddenly become a family the way I felt the movie wanted me to. After reading more, writing fic, etc., it was different for me going back to see the film a second time: I had a much better sense of who these characters were and how (at least in my mind) they related to each other. If there was a way to magically lengthen the movie and still convince people to go see it, the one thing I’d want is more time for these people to just interact and be together.
- Less Tarkin. The CGI worked for me the first time, but after a while it was just like this is not a real human man please stop this.
- Establish that Baze/Chirrut are actually married and in love. Canonize that shit.
- I would have liked to see some scene, however brief, in which they address what Jyn would theoretically do post-Scarif. Sort of like the scene where they tell Bodhi to wait by the ship because he’s their only way out; it’s poignant because you know how it’s going to end. Regardless of whether Jyn thinks she’s making it out past Scarif or not, I’d have liked the thought more explicitly addressed.
but what happened in that elevator tho
Things I’d Never Change (aka some fave moments):
- Letting Diego Luna keep that glorious accent. Good call, everyone involved with that decision. Good call.
- The last three minutes of the movie with the return of Darth and Leia were pretty much perfection.
- I don’t need luck, I have you.
- BAIL ORGANA
- Welcome home.