LAST WARNING. SPOILERS!!!!
To start, I have nothing but LOVE for this film, honestly I have a hard time disliking any aspect of it. Yes, I've only watched it once, but still...its too amazing not to like. In my eyes it was so much more incredible than I ever thought it would be.
The beginning. Wow. I wasn't sure what was going on at first, but it hooked me right away. The mystery of the situation and the introduction of so many key elements...it was just right to get me hooked. It got right into the story, introducing the intreging new character of Dicrector Orson Krennick along with Jyn and her father; Gaelin.
Jyn instantly became my favourite character of Rogue One just from the trailers that came to us throughout the year. I admired her ruggid nature and willingness to help the Rebellion even though she had been on her own for so long. Of course it was not nessisarily willingly, but she came to see the potential in the Rebellion and I do beleive it may have been her acts along with the others that joined her in the mission to steal the plans that made the Rebellion relaize that maybe they needed to change their point of view in some areas.
The same goes for their order for Cassian to also kill Jyn's father; Gaelin. Again I believe they were being hasty and I was again suprised they went about this action so matter-of-factly. They wanted her father killed for no other reason than that he worked for the Empire and helped them build the Death Star. Not that those reasons aren't valid, but the Rebellion did not even take the time to ask Jyn about the message she received from her father. And when they did they weren't very responsive towards her, many of them not even believing her.
Another great thing brought to light in Rogue One was the extent of the Empire and how much they did opress the galaxy. It brought a whole nother level to what they stood for and what they wanted to accomplish. It was very interesting and I loved seeing the scope of how the empire has grown throughtout the galaxy, a perspective we never were able to see before in previous films. This film brought depth to both the Empire and the Rebellion in ways I never really thought about before, making them both seem more real and relatable.
One character to show up before Darth Vader was a familiar face we've seen from the prequels: Bail Organa. I'm not ashamed to say I flipped out when I saw him, partially because I wasn't expecting him to show up. It was a GREAT cameo and later in the film when he said he must return to Alderaan I mentally cried: "Noooo! Don't do it! Stay at the Rebel Base!!" But alas he didn't, leaving us with a comment about his adopted daughter; Leia.
Knowing the end and how it all turns out is hard for me, and I don't in any way like remembering it. I kind of suspected all the beloved characters he had just come to know and love would die in the end. And they did. I denied it until it actually started happening. The shock for me began when K-2SO was shot down my Stormtroopers as he gaurded the datavault as Jyn and Cassian looked for the Death Star plans. And when Chirrut went down next only seconds after he operated the master switch to enable the plans to be transmitted was when it started to hurt. I was in disbelief and unable to cry as I watched the rest of the heroes go down in service to each other and the cause of the Rebellion to ulimately save the galaxy.
It was about those ordinary people who don't posess 'force talents' but that does not make them any less of importance, and I do believe that the story of Rogue One gives an amazing message: You don't have to have a 'special something' to change the galaxy or the world, all you need the belief in what's right, and the will and courage to do it. Even if it may seem small...it ulimately means something.
"I am one with the Force and the Force is with me." -Chirrut Ïmwe
Until next time may the Force be with you!