Rogue One Review – Spoiler Free

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This in reality is broken down into two trains of thought for myself.

First, as a stand alone, this is the most real of the Star Wars, the people, their choices and consequences of their actions.  There is an attention to detail to the original trilogy, costumes, technology (tactical buttons and levers) that keep it centred in the timeline.

CGI is used, however, there is plenty of live action creatures, it’s gritty, dark and gives you a peak at the universe around the Skywalkers, a look at the rebellion and how it was being fought before Luke, Han and Leia turned up.  So in that regard, it’s a winner.

There are many correlations to the trilogy which are a nice nod and quite a few Easter Eggs you will need to watch out for.  In case you did not know, there is no after credit scenes, no need to wait about.

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Show Vs Tell, a writing technique.

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Recently, I have been reading a lot regarding writing styles and mechanisms, and one that has resonated with me has been Show Vs Tell.  It’s an simple enough construct, readers respond better to writing when they can experience the scene, not just read it.

‘Tell’ will give them the action and a catalog of emotions, while with ‘Show’ the character is the lens with which the reader experiences the scene for themselves.

Tell example,

“Peter was scared as he opened the door”

Show rephrasing,

“Peter’s face was ashen, his breathing coming in ragged gasps. Uneasy, mouth and throat dry he pushed the aged paint chipped door to the dark and ancient bedroom open”

What is important in ‘Show’ is a strong use of verbs, allow the reader to become emotionally involved, not just tell them they should.  This is achieved using expressive dialogue and an attention to detail in the scene.

There are plenty of descriptions of Show Vs Tell out there and they give some examples, but I found them to be a little spare so I came wrote some ‘Show’ examples of my own (which are not perfect) which I thought may be useful to other people researching into this topic.

Tell: Lisa is a spoiled child.

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