Within all of this, and just as was apparent in Episode VII: The Force Awakens, cinema has been pushed to a level that stretches the simple vicarious experience and brings the terrible moments of war a little closer to each attendee. There is a consequence to the inundation of all media that depicts violence. What I've observed throughout my life is that many have become grossly desensitized to such content; they've come to find it pleasurable, or even desirable. It is by this dark side of the truth that most any meaningful messages within the entire saga are lost; philosophy and spirituality have all but succumbed to spectacle. Unfortunately, this behavior is far from being a new trend, as it's been known in human civilization since ancient times.
Orson Krennic: "...We were this close to providing peace... security for the galaxy."
Galen Erso: "You're confusing peace with terror."
Orson Krennic: "Well... You have to start somewhere."
- Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn) and Galen Erso (Mads Mikkelsen), Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Star Wars has always had an overt theme of fighting to reclaim freedom, yet war can be completely avoided on the path to restoring balance, and therefore, peace. Films like these echo what is happening in the real world, and to what escalating ends the self-appointed elites are willing to explore in order to preserve their illusory authority. One needs not be Force-sensitive to discover the truth.
If we choose to partake in these types of cinematic experiences, we must focus on the positive messages they might offer. Great changes must be made by our species to achieve peace and freedom both, and those changes are synonymous with a path of simplicity and mutual growth; it's a path worth walking. Claudia and I share such a path, and we've known wondrous expansion throughout our journey.
This was certainly a different sort of chapter; the narrative focused far more on the fight than on philosophy, or the fabric of the universe and how me might interact with it. Therefore, as one who's grown up with Star Wars and has continued to find deeper meanings within it over the years, I've found Rogue One to be a valuable experience, but from a certain point of view. The sights and the sounds were of great magnitude, but we should repel the urge to be swept away.
Happy movie watching.
- Aaron -