As a rule, I try not to add spoilers to my Nerds Unite blog. Spoilers make every movie and television show less fun for those who haven’t seen them.

But I’m breaking my own rule this week — so read on at your own risk!

No Rogue One left standing

Rogue One“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” might be the saddest movie that I’ve ever seen.

That’s not to say that it isn’t good, because it is so good.

Granted, the movie was bound to be somewhat emotional.

After all, it is about the Rebels who stole the plans to the Death Star — so we can reasonably assume going in that the majority of the people we meet will die.

I don’t think I was prepared for this, though.

George Lucas never was afraid to kill off characters, but this was almost Joss Whedon-esque in its totality.

Story line and characters

Despite the fact that the story line revolves around one woman, there is a group of core characters who work together to accomplish the goals of the Rebels.

According to this movie, if it were not for that woman, it is highly unlikely that the Death Star plans would have made it into the hands of the Rebellion.

That was the point of the movie, of course.

The story takes place between Episodes III and IV, a time when the Empire was growing by leaps and bounds.

The one droid in the movie serves as a companion — much in the way C-3PO and R2-D2 did — but it is an antiquated droid left over from the Clone Wars.

K-2SO is somewhat unique in Rogue One, as there aren’t any other droids that express human-like behaviors or emotions.

Special effects

Let’s talk about the visuals in this movie, as we’ve come to expect quite a lot from the Star Wars franchise.

This movie does not disappoint — the worlds we see are lifelike and seemingly real, despite some of them being computer-generated.

Perhaps the most stunning aspect of this movie, though, is the people who are brought back to life via computers.

Peter Cushing, who died in 1994, and Carrie Fisher, who died just a few months ago, both appear in this film. However, the entirety of their performances wasn’t computer-generated.

Other actors performed on camera, and afterward, the visual effects team turned them into the actors who originally portrayed the characters of Grand Moff Tarkin and Princess Leia Organa.

I believe this movie shows a clear advancement in this sort of technology.

But there still are a few aspects that give away the secret — for instance, the somewhat plastic look of their faces.

Implications of digital acting

All in all, though, it makes one wonder — what does the future hold for cinema?

Voice-over-only movies that are created by computer whizzes?

Will acting become a lost art?

It stands to reason that as the technology becomes cheaper, less and less of the actual acting will be done by humans.

Until that time, I believe only large franchises will succeed in using the technology.

Since Lucasfilm now is owned by Disney, it is no surprise that we would see such an advancement in a Star Wars movie … which is maybe the most appropriate place to find such a science fiction-like technology.

Enjoy this movie, fellow nerds — we have about seven months to wait for the next one to debut!