Have any of you seen a Gareth Edwards movie? Yes, that’s a rhetorical question — most of us have at least seen Monsters and Godzilla. We know an Edwards film is dark, gritty, and as promised
Old school war film; think Hamburger Hill meets Star Wars; real, war.” (Edwards)
his entry in the Star Wars universe has turned out…well, gritty and dark; “it has the tone of a war movie.” Big surprise! (not) When yesterday the interwebical world went into freakout mode over — of all outlets — the New York Post‘s alarmist reshooting reports, I heaved an exhausted, put upon sigh (I’m dramatic like that) and waited for the clarifications. And, of course they’ve come.
Firstly, there have been no test screenings that didn’t do well, or otherwise. Secondly, reshoots were always likely, especially following a movie as excellent and well-received as The Force Awakens; of course Disney wants Rogue One to be as successful. According to additional reports, it is the anthology film’s tone that they’d like to adjust to better dovetail with TFA‘s — not some huge crisis — as the Post would have us believe.
This is the closest thing to a prequel ever. This takes place just before A New Hope and leads up to the 10 minutes before that classic film begins. You have to match the tone!
The goal of the reshoots will be to lighten the mood, bring some levity into the story and restore a sense of fun to the adventure.” (THR)
Okay, so can we all just relax and not be in a tizzy over every clickbaity headline about a director delivering exactly what he said he would? It’s absolutely understandable that Disney would worry over tone, even if some of us were truly looking forward to that darkness and the things Edwards, and actors like Mendelsohn and Mikkelsen bring. This is, after all, a story about rebels going up against the evil Galactic Empire, and plans for a weapon called the Death Star AND rumored to include one of the Star Wars‘ franchise’s biggest bads. I mean, I don’t know who was expecting lightness?
Yeah, not him. Get it together, people.
Rogue One is still scheduled for a December 16th release, and you know your tush will be in that theater. For more *Spoilery* details, go here.
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