There’s a little less than two weeks until Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theatres everywhere, so you know what that means: it’s time to take the hype into overdrive. Or hype-rspace, if you will. When you’re talking about a massive project like Star Wars you want to put the best possible face on it, you want everyone with any kind of authority or influence to love the crap out of it so that it’s easier to get fans into the multiplex. When you’re talking about Star Wars, the highest authority is George Lucas, and from what we hear, he likes Rogue One, and probably thinks that you will like it too.
“Two days ago we got to show George the movie, and we all had a phone call and I got to speak with him yesterday, and I don’t want to put words into his mouth, but I can honestly say that I can die happy now,” said Rogue One director Gareth Edwards. “He really liked the movie. It meant a lot. To be honest, and no offense to anyone here, it was the most important review to me. You know, you guys are important too, but he’s kind of god… I will take that conversation to my grave. His opinion means the world to me.”
That’s nice, but remember what Lucas said this time last year about The Force Awakens? “They wanted to do a retro movie. I don’t like that. Every movie I work very hard to make them completely different, with different planets, with different spaceships, make it new,” Lucas told Charlie Rose.
Clearly, Lucas isn’t a fan of walking back over what’s been done before in a narrative sense, which makes you wonder how sincere he was with his praise considering Rogue One deals with the Death Star, the Rebellion, the Empire, and Darth Vader, and all takes place within spitting distance time-wise of the first Star Wars movie. It would seem to an objective observer that Rogue One is everything Lucas doesn’t like in terms of what Disney is doing with his franchise, but maybe he’s able to separate that analysis from determining if the movie is entertaining or not. Perhaps he can just enjoy it on the merits and not over analyze the faults as he sees them. Maybe at some point Lucas will speak to his thoughts on Rogue One in his own words, but it was kind of a publicity snafu last year when that Charlie Rose interview came out in the midst of The Force Awakens‘ journey to record-breaking box office. We won’t hold out breath, in other words.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is in theatres everywhere on December 16.