Over the last couple of days, Star Wars fans have received a knife to the chest in light of the recent news that Rogue One won’t have an opening crawl.
During a recent interview, Kathleen Kennedy confirmed this in Variety stating, “We felt that it’s so indicative of what those saga films are, we probably will begin the film in a way that is traditional, with just the title”.
So, this could be anything from the traditional ‘Star Wars’ logo appearing on the big screen with John Williams’ iconic theme bringing music to our ears to only the name of the film, ‘Rogue One – A Star Wars Story’. This is something we’ll probably find out when the movie debuts in December.
Even though the crawl helps to explain what is happening within the story, Kennedy seems definitive when she says that the crawl lives so specifically within the original saga that there needs to be some sort of distinction between them and the standalone Star Wars movies, which I can’t help but agree with. People might get confused about what’s going on but that’s why it’s important to screen all of the movies beforehand, preferably with popcorn and drinks on tap!
I’m sort of on the fence about it not appearing but I think it’s important to respect the director’s decision to not include it within the movie, although it might be an important piece of the film’s iconography, we have to remember that this movie is set to be independent and one way to do that is to make sure it’s unique and separates itself from the others.
I might change my mind and eat my words once I see the film, but I think for now, while people have given their reasons for the decisions, it’s best to keep an open mind.
Fingers crossed it won’t be a flop!