I don't think you're sounding like an arsehole and I see what you mean.
uziq wrote:not to sound like an asshole or anything but a theme is not the same thing. the great directors of the world are preoccupied with the same themes throughout their work. kubrick's movies are very different but they all have a theme and are unmistakably his. having the same 4 cookie-cutter characters, the exact same plot, borrowed shots, and the same 3 costumes and props is a cop-out. star wars could be so much bigger and they could develop their intellectual property so much. of course, they won't, because it's too big to fail. franchises of this size are as conservative as any cultural product can be. it's weird that people say 'rogue one' is this liberating new direction. i mean, really?
I didn't think it was some new direction at all, and if people have been saying that... well, that's kinda weird.
I personally enjoyed the movie but it wasn't exactly straying from the franchise, I'll give you that.