Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

So the first teaser trailer has just been released for Rogue One:A Star Wars Story. It’s the first movie since Disney bought Lucasfilm to be set in the Star Wars universe, but not actually part of the continuing saga of Luke Skywalker et al., and in my opinion it’s looking pretty bloody good.

It’ll be interesting to see how audiences engage with a Star Wars movie that doesn’t feature the characters they all know and love – although there are rumours the movie will feature a certain Jedi-gone-bad – and it’s obvious from the footage in the trailer there will be plenty of familiar elements to keep fans happy. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is due out on December 16th.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

So it’s finally here. Brand new Star Wars. And tonight, three generations of Parker (me, my Dad and my son) saw it together. If you’re wondering why I’m talking about it in such grand terms, it’s because I’m a massive geek and, like many folks my age, the original Star Wars trilogy was a big part of my childhood. So getting to see a new entry in the series is kind of a big deal for me.

At this point, a couple of hours since the credits rolled, I’m still not sure exactly what I thought of it. I think it’s because, as it’s been a lifelong habit of mine to watch Star Wars movies over and over again, seeing a new one for the very first time is a bit strange. It’s like first listen of a new album you’ve been looking forward to hearing, the first pass is really just an introduction, the finer points only become evident further down the line. But I already know I like it more than all of the prequels, so that’s a good start… [update 30/12/15: just had a second viewing and I can confirm I absolutely love it]