Just watch, sob massive nerd tears, then click for my thoughts.
From the moment the trailer started I was floored with how much this felt like the universe I loved as a child. From Rey (Daisy Ridley) poking around a downed Star Destroyer and walking through the desert with her tiny droid companion BB-8 or Kylo Ren obsessing over a flame touched Vader helm. This is Star Wars and I am excited.
The typical job of a final trailer is to run through story elements to give audiences a taste of what they will be getting come the finished product. In the case of The Force Awakens we get something much more. Very few concrete details are given, instead we get short voice overs from the majority of the main cast walking us through who they are and where they are at in the timeline of this universe. John Boyega as Finn can be heard for the first time talking to us about how he is struggling to find purpose. Equally as excited but doubly ominous is the introduction of Kylo Ren. Sporting a modified voice akin to Darth Vader, it sounds like Ren is part of a religion (not the Sith) dedicated to continue in the footsteps of the fallen dark lord.
Han and Chewie are back again to catch the new characters up on how amazing the original trilogy was and even Leia makes an appearance to embrace Han before he inevitably jumps into the throes of war once again. Mysteriously absent is the one and only Luke Skywalker. He hasn’t appeared in any marketing material thus far and that isn’t likely to change. This leads me to believe that they are saving him for a crucial and badass third act surprise that will leave fans floored.
The sound design accompanying the pitch perfect VO’s is brilliant, sucking you in to the world like few other trailers have done in the past. But aside from the music and the characters, the one thing that leaves the largest impression is the world.
This trailer is effin’ gorgeous!
Everything seems so real, which is undoubtedly due to Lucasfilm’s adamance to use practical effects as much as possible. But the beauty extends from the practical props to the screeching star fighters careening around the screen. The Millennium Falcon has never looked so good. Being chased by TIE’s maneuvering through fields of debris, it all looks so good! And the explosions, my god the explosions!
I can’t get enough of this trailer.
With the sheer amount of awesome Disney and Lucasfilm has thrown at us it is surprising to say that I still have no clue as to what this movie is actually about. Sure we get a better look at who the main players in this film will be but as far as story, conflict or motivations, we have little to go on. Which is incredibly exciting. Nowadays trailers and teasers give away the entire experience. To go into such a massive event film like Star Wars almost completely blind is a blessing, even if some don’t see it that way.
So watch the trailer again, buy your tickets and watch the trailer some more!