Rogue One: Fear and interest

A liberal war waged against the Empire

Not far from the setting of a rebirth following the abolishment of the Republic, the rise of the Empire was on the horizon. The insatiable stability of the galaxy was an inch away from prudence, the tool to suppress the unnecessary warfare that emerged from intra-planetary context of Empire rule, which cemented the importance of Weapons of Mass Destruction: the Death Star.

The Rebellion and the Empire: the dichotomies of liberalism and realism are in a constant conflict in terms of the rhetoric and actions. An advocate for freedom and the release of the oppressed: the Rebellion seeks to fight against the tyranny of the Empire.

The struggle between the good and evil was portrayed in Rogue One, pertaining to the brilliance of Gareth Edwards and the fantastic cast crew of diverse proportions. A quaint introduction to the eventual sequences that led to “A New Hope”, of gaining a solid ground that propels the story as it is, by integrating both prevalent and contemporary characters into an aesthetic yet plenary film.

The incredible destructive ability of the Death Star was a major threat to the norms, rules and practices of the inter-galactic society. To the Rebels, the fear of the inevitable shift of power, posed a challenge to their existence. As such the reinforced continuity of the relentless rule of the Empire came under scrutiny, which was met by the Rebellion’s retaliation: the plan to destroy the Death Star. The film revolves around the culmination of the Death Star, in all its destructive glory, a flawed implication resides.

As the story progresses, dissidents, spies, revolutionaries and pacifists join forces in an espionage mission to steal the constructive plans of the Death Star. They held a common interest; hope, the hope of liberation; where rebellions are built on hope. A remarkable feat of achieving the impossible, fielding a faction of ordinary people with no relations to the ‘force’, in broader sense of the word, Rogue One is as realistic as a Star Wars movie can get.

For a solidity breakaway from the conventional Star Wars timeline, the film has done itself justice while retaining the elements of the classic struggle of interests, in a most realistic perspective. It further fuels the notion of the liberal stance of the Rebellion, a plethora yet subtle render of the different characters presented by the diversity of actors and actresses in the film.


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