Star Wars has released their first spin off movie, Rouge One. Out of the currently 8 live action movies, this one carries some of the darkest themes. The movie takes place right before Episode 4 and because of that placement in the Star Wars Timeline, the movie is to answer how we move from the terrible things that have happened in Episode 3 to have “A New Hope.”
There is something that many of the characters have in common which is that they struggle with trust. Though they have different back-stories and come from different places, they have ended up with similar results. They are unable to trust each other. This leads some characters to feel as if they can do nothing and for others it makes them live in fear. Like these characters, I think many of us can feel these ways after so much bad has happened. However, there is one character named Chirrut Imwe who is blind. At one point in the movie he states that he fears nothing, and the reasoning for this is because he trusts his friend Baze Malbus, and throughout the movie he makes the statement, “I am one with the Force, the Force is with me.” If we for a moment think of The Force as a character, he is then saying I am with him and he is with me. Earlier in the movie the character Jyn Erso said, “Trust goes both ways.”
I propose, that this Star Wars movie is making an argument that for us to have hope and for us to bring change we need to have trust in our fellow man. Steven Covey, author of “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” once said: “Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships.” When this idea is finally applied to the rest of the cast in the movie, the mission finally begins to succeed and the rebellion solidifies. Even though they are going into a battle their trust for each other is what gives them hope. We need to recreate in our homes, schools, and communities a foundation of trust. We need in our lives those who we can trust, and help them trust us. When we enter times in life when we struggle, we need others with us by our sides. We are afraid to trust, because we afraid to get hurt, by doing this we do what Jyn describes as “Never looking up.” We can choose to never look up or we can choose to come together, trust one another and be part of something that has meaning.
At first, I didn’t enjoy this movie, but without this story of trust we are unable to see where “A New Hope” begins. Let us become people who can be more trustworthy and who can give it more to others. Trust goes both ways.
Written By: Timmy Smith
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