September 30, 2023


Make Some Fun

Film : Andor (2022) | * azreenchan *

9 min read

I completed it !

I completed Andor. I waited for a 12 months for the discharge and subscribed to Hotstar simply to look at the entire collection – find it irresistible. Though I am not into sci-fiction that a lot, I used to be intrigued by Rogue One from the beginning (it’s the solely film in Star Wars franchise that I watched greater than as soon as). Properly, I’m in all probability biased as a result of I really like Diego Luna. Discovering out that he bought his personal again story was an pleasure that I am unable to cover, and this complete writing might be biased in direction of him taking part in Andor.

However, hear me out. 

Warning – Spoilers forward **

1. Andor and Rogue One weren’t a tales about tremendous heroes/tremendous energy, it is a story of regular flawed individuals (and I actually don’t love tremendous heroes story). These regular individuals which might be attempting to make a change. This can be a story of Andor, a thief, a refugee, an outcast, an unintended assassin (?) – that decides to turn out to be a revolutionary and joins the Rebel. 

The Star Wars franchise itself primarily based on a political theme about resistance and oppression. About combating the massive battle, the rakyat vs the oppressed totalitarianism, about making sacrifices and believing in a trigger. At this age, Andor is relatable. A lone survivalist that decides to turn out to be an activist. If we scratch the Star Wars layer apart, you’ll be able to see a standard battle we see in our personal nation. Additionally, it reveals the implications of inaction when coping with a regime. Do you select to not take part ? Do you select to not decide a facet ?

Despite the fact that it’s one among a Star Wars film, there’s hardly any point out about Jedi (which I admire). I am unable to join nicely with particular individuals (with tremendous energy, with connection, with evil cash), Andor feels extra relatable,  simply mere human being. It felt contemporary in comparison with all different Star Wars films. 

2. The script for Andor (the collection) is wonderful, you will get lots of robust stunning quotes from the collection. You must watch it to grasp what I imply by this. At instances it’d really feel a bit too scripted however the characters did them so nicely, it was simply good.

Have you ever learn/heard Nemik’s manifesto ?

Nemik is a insurgent and he wrote his ideas on the Imperial oppression and the necessity of rebel, this was his manifesto

There will probably be instances when the wrestle appears unimaginable. I do know this already. Alone, uncertain, dwarfed by the dimensions of the enemy. Bear in mind this. Freedom is a pure concept. It happens spontaneously and with out instruction. Random acts of rebel are occurring always all through the galaxy. There are complete armies, battalions that do not know that they’ve already enlisted within the trigger. Do not forget that the frontier of the Rebel is all over the place. And even the smallest act of rebel pushes our traces ahead. After which keep in mind this. The Imperial want for management is so determined as a result of it’s so unnatural. Tyranny requires fixed effort. It breaks, it leaks. Authority is brittle. Oppression is the masks of concern. Do not forget that. And know this, the day will come when all these skirmishes and battles, these moments of defiance may have flooded the banks of the Empire’s authority after which there will probably be one too many. 

One single factor will break the siege. Bear in mind this. Attempt.”

I imply, it is a manifesto for us, for the strange individuals. 

Not just like the one which Yoda handed to Luke :

Are you able to see the distinction ? Luke will get the burden of his accountability on his shoulder alone, he cannot ‘strive’, he’s particular, it’s anticipated for him to ‘do’. However in Nemik’s manifesto, it is for the traditional individuals, for us, the small beings, for every particular person that may make a distinction, make a change. We have to ‘strive’. Andor got here out proper earlier than the 2022 election, and it correlates nicely. We’re nonetheless not over the GE 14 political fiasco and I do know nearly everybody remembers that nicely. If we need to make a change, strive, even how small. 

And the way about Luthen’s phrases when requested about sacrifice ? 

“I am condemned to make use of the instruments of my enemy to defeat them. I burn my decency for another person’s future. I burn my life to make a dawn that I do know I will by no means see. And the ego that began this battle won’t ever have a mirror or an viewers or the sunshine of gratitude. So what do I sacrifice? The whole lot!”

“And the ego that began this battle won’t ever have a mirror or an viewers or the sunshine of gratitude”. Oh my, that is an explosion to the ears. Won’t ever have a mirror as a result of he’s too ashamed to have a look at what he has executed, or an viewers or mild of gratitude, as a result of every little thing he does, he does it in secret. He’s the two-faced spy. 

That is like studying a passage from a guide, phrases by Kleya Marki: 

I haven’t got these days. I’ve at all times. I’ve a fixed blur of plates spinning and knives on the ground, and needy, panicked faces on the window, of which you’re however one among many.

A relentless blur of plates spinning and knives on the ground, and needy, panicked faces on the window, of which you’re however one among many? 

Constant blur of plates” – like juggling balls, spinning plates wants fixed motion and precision to keep away from them crashing personal, “knives on the ground” – the have to be cautious, to always watch your step, “panicked faces on the window, of which you’re however one among many” – there are numerous issues on her min to fret about. This can be a gem !

This Kino Loy’s phrases of energy :

..”There’s a method out. Proper now, the constructing is ours. You must run, climb, kill! You must assist one another. You see somebody who’s confused, somebody who’s misplaced, you get them shifting and you retain them shifting till we put this place behind us. There are 5,000 of us. If we are able to battle half as onerous as we have been working, we will probably be house very quickly. A technique out! A technique out! A technique out!”

And Maarva’s closing speech ? :

..”There’s a wound that will not heal on the heart of the galaxy. There’s a darkness reaching like rust into every little thing round us. We let it develop, and now it is right here. It is right here, and it isn’t visiting anymore. It desires to remain. The Empire is a illness that thrives in darkness, it’s by no means extra alive than once we sleep. It is easy for the useless to inform you to battle, and possibly it is true, possibly combating is ineffective. Maybe it is too late. However I will inform you this… If I might do it once more, I might get up early and be combating these b*stards from the beginning. Combat the Empire!


That is top-notch script writing. 

I am in awe with proses largely as a result of I really like how stunning spoken/written languages could be in conveying a message. On this case, this would possibly relate to my very own private like to phrases as a reader/listener of a narrative. If I observed such issues in a film, that in all probability imply they put additional effort within the script-writing to make somebody like me discover this (as a result of I normally do a number of issues once I watch one thing, not 100% decide to solely watching it). 

3. Advanced and rising characters. 

The characters are complicated, they’ve a number of side of personalities, morally gray, and their improvement slowly grows with the story.

Cassian Andor begins off the collection as a thief and he by accident murders 2 guards, then turns into a fugitive. He does not care about something greater than his life and his shut circle. Because the collection progress we are able to see his private improvement. There have been incident upon incident to make him notice the necessity to step up and be reborn. Even after the theft in Aldhani takes place, even after he’s caught within the jail in Narkina 5, he then decides to vary in the long run. After a defeat. A dying. A reminder.

Syril Karn is an odd character price point out as nicely. An formidable inspector with a robust want to perform one thing, his must impress, his obsession with attempting to do one thing proper (proper in his case does not at all times imply proper to everybody else). He takes his responsibility very critically, he loves order, disciplin and justice. Bear in mind the one point out about his tailor-made uniform to suit his physique proper and added pockets ? Who would put such element into creating a personality ? I laughed at this scene once I noticed it, as a result of we are able to see how anal he’s about every little thing (anal retentive individual is an individual who pays such consideration to element that it turns into an obsession and could also be an annoyance to others). Except for that, we are able to see why he’s like that after the Ferrix incidence, when he’s fired from his job and he returns house. A pleasant facet story to see when he’s house along with his mom (all of it is sensible !).

Virtually each characters on this collection are morally gray characters : Andor, Syril, Dedra, Luthen, Maarva, Mon Mothma. We won’t determine whether or not they’re purely evil or purely good. The heroes that may cross the road for a larger good (even by deciding to sacrifice 50 individuals with a purpose to ship an even bigger message), or seemingly villain of the story however with a robust level that they’re holding on to (like Syril and Dedra – I believe they actually imagine in being in the appropriate place, simply doing their job, a bit too obsessively), are they within the evil facet? Andor himself is a thief and fugitive, when he decides to select a facet, does this implies he’s now within the good facet ? Luthen sacrifices individuals for a larger message, does this imply he’s in a great facet ?

These are all ethical questions price debating. 

Who decides what is nice and what’s evil once we are combating the massive battle? Is not either side will do one thing that crosses the road ? In Andor, we do not solely see the larger  evil energy lurking at each facet controlling the lives of the universe, we additionally see the individuals trapped within the state of affairs – the political facet (Mon Mothma), of their job (Dedra and Syril). These individuals within the seemingly evil facet that believes they’re in the appropriate facet. In Andor, we’re not proven evil characters doing evil issues, however in a means, evil, by being to be within the mistaken facet via authoritarian course of in numerous characters. Is Dedra really evil due to her dedication in direction of her work ?

I admire them making every character with their very own little story to make sense of every little thing, to humanize them. Properly progressed character improvement. What makes a great character improvement good? They’ve backstory, targets, flaws, personalities, world view, private traits, values, and beliefs. I believe Andor hits that half nicely. 

It is a bit bizarre for me to publish this on my thirty sixth birthday, however right here it’s, lastly completed this publish after 2 weeks of drafting it. A brief overview on 3 issues that I need to point out about Andor : the relatable political wars between the rakyat and the oppressed authorities, the attractive script-writing, and the fictional morally gray characters with complicated & rising improvement. I am not a Star Wars fan, however I am glad I ended my 2022 with an ideal story.

Right here is the official trailer :

And the small draw back :

Half of the early a part of the collection is gradual, the characters are slowly developed and it was a bit boring. Nothing a lot actually occur. The following half is nice and robust. I did not realize it was separated into 3 chapters (1-3, 4-6, 7-9) once I first watched it, if I might recognized from the beginning, possibly I count on the tempo higher. I believe I used to be bored for the primary 5 episodes. 

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