What essential story does this film provide? The canonization of the Death Star being sabotaged from the inside. That\'s pretty much its only significant contribution to the lore, but the rest is interesting food for thought. The characters are okay. Jyn is a criminal roped into the Rebel Alliance by her connection to her father, an Imperial scientist who weakens the Death Star. The film\'s biggest error with Jyn is not showing her upbringing, and I feel that the opening sequence of her family being torn apart as a child might have been better replaced with exposition of said events and Jyn in her criminal days. The demonstrations of her abilities are a clumsy way to explain her past, and, while the story is there, it\'s much less supported than Rey\'s skills. Cassian is okay, but has minimally-supported character motivations. Chirrut and Baze are an interesting pair, but their joining the team feels slightly forced. (Chirrut does have the best joke in the movie, though, which was improvised!) Bodhi is minimal as well, but okay. Saw Gerrera is not hugely important to this film beyond some commentary on war. The story itself is much darker and more detailed than the conflict between the Empire and Rebels has ever been shown to be, and it\'s interesting seeing how themes of defectors and extremism factor into the war. If anything, it\'s Star Wars more than any of the other films, and the Force takes a backseat instead of the war this time around. The film provides some insight into non-Jedi and merely Force-sensitive people\'s faith, and it\'s the first time we really see it being treated as a religion for the common people, and one which may or may not actually intervene for the normal members of the population. It adds more depth to the parallels to real religions, and it\'s interesting to see. Darth Vader\'s moments were nice, but mainly just fanservice. I appreciate them getting JEJ back, but his voice hasn\'t aged well. Admiral Raddus is a great character despite his smaller role, and I\'m glad his legacy lived on for the Resistance. There is one big highlight to the film, and the one thing I was entirely correct about in my excitement: Alan Tudyk as K-2SO. He\'s got the role of Chewbacca with a similar personality and nature to C-3PO, and I thought he was a really nicely developed character. He\'s really funny and he\'s definitely more equal than any droid has ever been before. There\'s a really clever moment involving Jyn\'s pet name, which I liked. So, from what I heard, I was hoping for a really good film, but it\'s not bad even though I didn\'t fall in love with it. Everything can be argued for, and while I didn\'t engage as much as I wanted to, it\'s still a solid setup to Episode IV.
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