When the first trailer for Rogue One came out, Jyn appeared to be a rough, unlikely, reluctant hero. A rebel that was out more for herself than the greater vision of the Alliance (kind of like Han Solo). But then, as newer trailers came out, her persona appeared to shift to a bleeding-heart activist, giving speeches about hope and trying to rally the troops to the cause...I was, frankly, a little disappointed. I fell in love with the idea that Jyn wasn't a card-carrying rebel, but someone who circumstance handed a chance to make a difference and she chose to do it as much for what it'd get her as for what it might do for the galaxy at large...well, it turns out she's a little of both: she starts out very much as the reluctant hero; in fact, she's the "I want nothing to do with this" hero. She's really only going along with Cassian's mission because her slate gets wiped clean for cooperation. That's exactly the persona I was hoping for...then, everything changes when she actually completes the mission (sort of) and sees the message her father left for her. She's so overwhelmed, so overcome with emotion that she changes her whole outlook on things. She goes from thinking she'd been left behind by her father and her father-figure to finding out her father-figure had done so only for her own safety, and that her real father had been doing nothing but thinking about her since the moment they'd parted. I can definitely imagine how that would be a life-changing situation. They allowed the story to change Jyn's point of view rather than making Jyn's changing point of view the story. While Rogue One does mostly revolve around Jyn, it's really a story of change and hope, which just so happens to be the arc of Jyn's character: she's changes her point of view because of hope. And the hope she exudes and passes on to the rebellion transfers (literally, actually, in the form of the Death Star plans) to Luke in A New Hope. So, yeah, I like Jyn Erso and the character she turned out to be.
And there you have it! Sure, that's not all I like about Rogue One (I liked nearly all of it...being fair, I wasn't head over heels for the resurrection of Peter Cushing or the uncanny valley that is Leia at the end, but those are the only real drawbacks for me), but those are my three main highlights a week later after one viewing. I'm sure I'll have lots more to say after subsequent views in other posts, but for now these are the winners...I have a feeling I'll be writing something up later focusing completely on Vader's presence in the movie because A) it was amazing B) there's a surprising amount to discuss considering how little he's included (truthfully, it may be an entire post about his castle on Mustafar). So, what did you guys think about Rogue One? You loved it, right? I'm sure, but what did you love about it? And if you didn't love it, why not? Did you like it, or was it a Star Wars abomination? (I honestly can't see how anyone could think that, but to each their own). Let me know what you think, either way, in the comments and we'll keep the dialogue going...or just wait for me to post again about something Rogue One-related and maybe get up the nerve to respond then (just kidding, if you don't comment I assume it's because I'm lame, not that you're nervous). Anyway, I'm signing off for now, to start enjoying the holiday season (and to watch Rogue One a few more times), so you all enjoy whatever you do for the holidays and, of course, may the Force be with you...