Rogue One: A Christmas Story


So, we’ve all seen it now, right?

Twice? No judgement. You do you, boo.

And you’ve read about representation and feminism and all about how Anthony Daniels complimented Alan Tudyk, the voice of K-2SO, with a charming, “Fuck you.”

We got a Star Wars story for Christmas. Was it everything you asked Santa for?


My favourite things:

  1. Diverse, ensemble cast coming together to achieve the mission
  2. K-2SO, I’m fighting the haters one at a time, so get in line
  3. Darth Vader

What didn’t work for me:

  1. What is Jyn good at? I needed more character development here. She’s awesome, but I don’t really know her. All of her backstory stuff is about her dad. But what was she doing without him? Waiting for his story to involve her again?
  2. Speaking of underdeveloped characters, Saw Gerrera. And I watch Clone Wars and Rebels. He’s the rebel who took it too far? Weak plot line for me.

It’s pretty frustrating that we made a big deal about having a female lead, but she’s the only one. (Mon Mothma, I know, but come on. She was all, “Let’s vote. Nope, we’re not helping. Oh look, we’re helping. Blah blah blah. Useless.)

We have one vagina on our team, we’re full up. WHY MOVIES?

In the Star Wars TV shows and novels, lots of kickass ladies. In Marvel comics, lots of women. But the Avengers can only start with Black Widow and then we’ll test the waters with a few more chicks in the future. Maybe. We’re 50% of the population! But this is the IMDb list for Rogue One’s first 15 listed actors, spoiler alert, IT’S ONLY 13% WOMEN:

Cast overview, first billed only:
Felicity Jones Felicity Jones
Diego Luna Diego Luna
Alan Tudyk Alan Tudyk
Donnie Yen Donnie Yen
Chirrut Îmwe
Wen Jiang Wen Jiang
Ben Mendelsohn Ben Mendelsohn
Guy Henry Guy Henry
Forest Whitaker Forest Whitaker
Riz Ahmed Riz Ahmed
Mads Mikkelsen Mads Mikkelsen
Jimmy Smits Jimmy Smits
Alistair Petrie Alistair Petrie
Genevieve O'Reilly Genevieve O’Reilly
Ben Daniels Ben Daniels
Paul Kasey Paul Kasey



I went to see Rogue One with a bunch of friends, something I had not done in a while because I’m a film person and film people are Harbingers of Darkness to the rest of the population. After the movie, while we were making a bunch of waiters hate us by showing up for food at 10:30pm, I just sat there silently, which was probably a good idea because most of my friends used sharp knives for the majority of the meal.

I had a pretty okay steak tartare by the way. I swear I’m trying to eat less meat but French cuisine is just no help. Anyway.

Don’t get me wrong. I like Rogue One. I like it a lot. It has some really cool action, great visuals, a good story, and a killer ending.

Get it? Killer ending. Moving on.

I love all that and I am of course very glad that they got such a diverse cast to work together to bring the story to life. But all this awesomeness makes the movie’s flaws all the more apparent. Apart from K-2SO, who is amazing and perfect, the characters lack… character. Most of them don’t display more than a couple of traits, and barely have any kind of arc. As for Jyn Erso, I’m sorry to say that she was the least interesting character of them all, which is a shame. Why make such a fuss about making another Star Wars movie with a female lead if you can’t even make her a real character?

Also, I’m going to join Roz in asking: where are the other women? One woman is not enough, folks. And giving most talking female roles to white women isn’t going to cut it either.

But I’ll have to admit that some of the character problems, as well as the very uneven pacing of the movie, might come from an editing problem. I really felt like a big portion of the movie was abandoned somewhere on the floor of the editing room. Was the movie getting too long? Were they afraid that political drama would be too boring to watch? I don’t know, but Rogue One is not the only movie of the past 2 or 3 years to have that problem. I really just wish this rushing pace trend would end so movies could just have the time to properly tell their stories.

But hey, we got two good Star Wars flicks in 2 years. I’m not going to complain too much.

See you for Episode VII!'

Four screenwriters candidly writing about film, television, novels, comic books, video games, and fanfiction.

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