May 4, 2017
Lessons from the Screenplay is a fascinating YouTube channel that has way less subscribers that it deserves. In LFTS’s latest video essay, the host examines two movies from his favorite franchise – Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. In particular, Michael (the host) focuses on how these two films managed to present the key protagonists – Jyn Erso and Rey.
Both movies are great and both of them have flaws. However, evidently, the Force Awakens did a much better job at setting up their characters, as it mostly followed the show-don’t tell rule, while Rogue One was an example of a much more passive delivery on multiple levels. Personally, I would agree with most of the points discussed, but I would only add that certain inertness of Jyn’s character is maybe intentional. I mean, she was trying to keep a low profile and stay under the radar of the Empire. Another aspect I’d like to mention is that Force Awakens is just the first installment of another trilogy, so it does have that screen time to actually show the movie’s heroes and what they’re about.
In any case, all of LFTS’s points are a subject of interpretation. Enjoy the wonderful video essay: