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Movie Review of the Month: Rogue One


Spoiler Alert – REALLY if you have not seen the movie by NOW…Just leave this site.

Disclaimer: I am partial. I love the Star Wars franchise (Episodes 1-3 happened only as events, not as those horrible movies..ergh).


However, it wasn't the love of the franchise that sucked me into this movie. Though that love was, of course, why I was in the theater, but I only saw one trailer back when this movie was first announced and I avoided all others. So, I went in expecting some happy, 'look at these bad ass heroes'-type story. I was rudely awakened.

AND I loved that it was nothing near what I thought it would be.

I feel like this movie epitomized most truly, cruelly, the whole of year 2016. People many places around the world, holding on to hope alone. Anyone with any sense about them is a rebel in their heart. Many have watched and are watching their homes destroyed, hard work erased, love ones lost, and their leaders backing down and hiding from the real fight because they don't think the fight can be won. The movie felt like the map of the path forward. So now in our very real, and similar reality, everyone is waiting on the real leaders, rebels, to make their choice.

Yes, the movie struck me that hard.

It made me reflect on every war zone as more than soldiers doing a job. I left the theater reflecting on the difficult choices soldiers and people in war zones make, the impact of those actions, and the chain connecting our decisions to overall outcomes. There are people in war zones who are trying to just live their lives. People should not just be numbers, casualties ; they should be names, meaningful names. It made me think of Aleppo, Standing Rock, and the poison of US politics being played as a game, devoid of the humanity of empathy, with a score. Political roulette with real lives on the line on both sides.

Maybe our New Hope will come soon, too.