Watch how The Force Awakens and Rogue One use their characters differently

We liked Rogue One when it hit theaters, but had some problems with it: We felt that the film’s central character, Jyn Erso, was thinly defined, as was much of the rest of the cast. Lessons from the Screenplay agrees, and in a new video essay, highlights how the two latest Star Wars films differ in how their characters interact move the story along.

In Rogue One, Jyn’s family is torn apart when she was a child, and when we meet up with her as an adult, we learn that she’s been tossed into Imperial prison. We see everything happening to her, or have the other characters tell us what she did. In The Force Awakens, Rey, we see a different approach: we see her going through her mundane life on Jakku, and when the opportunity presents…

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