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5 Conversations to Have with Your Kids After "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story"
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is a stand-alone adventure that takes place just before the events of the original trilogy, following the group of Rebel spies who steal the plans for the Empire's planet-destroying Death Star. It's full of big battles and has a high body count, but it also has strong themes of teamwork, courage, friendship, and doing the right thing. So families will have plenty to talk about after watching this Common Sense Seal-honored movie! Try these topics/questions to get started:
- How does the amount of violence in Rogue One compare with what you've seen in other Star Wars movies? Do scenes of explosions and space battles affect you differently from those of close-up deaths? Why do you think that is? What makes more of an impact, violence or loss?
- Who are the movie's heroes? What makes them heroes? Are Jyn and Cassian role models? How does the diversity in this movie compare with what you've seen in other Star Wars movies? Why is that something worth paying attention to?
- How do the characters demonstrate courage and teamwork? Why are those important character strengths?
- Talk about the Star Wars series' ongoing themes of trust, loneliness, good vs. evil, and father-child relationships. Why are they so integral to this series? How do they play out in this particular movie?
- How well does Rogue One address unanswered questions from the original trilogy?