There is a lot going on in this trailer to get excited about and below, with screen prints from the trailer, I'm going to highlight seven things that have me wishing this movie came out tomorrow.
I normally only post on a Thursday, and normally only about web design, but Disney released a new trailer yesterday of the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII, a movie I have been waiting for since I was about eleven, so I thought I would make an exception.
The first shot shows an empty, desert landscape on a planet that looks very similar to Tatooine. A speeder zooms by in the distance. Is it Rey zooming by from the first trailer? Where's she going? Is it HER Luke is talking to later on in the trailer? As the camera pans right, an X-Wing is seen crashed in the desert and shortly after, the vast bulk of a crashed Imperial Star Destroyer comes into view. This is a great way of linking the film right back to the first movie, Epsiode IV, when, as the film opened, a similar Star Destroyer slowly flew above the audience's heads and seemed to go on for ever. Showing these two downed spaceships reminds of how incredible the Rebels were to defeat the Empire, that both sides suffered losses and tells us immediately that something new is in charge.
The camera follows a hooded character (a Sith, a Jedi?) as it moves forward to reveal the charred remains of Darth Vader's helmet. Luke's voiceover says at this point, talking about the strength of the Force in his family, "My father has it." He doesn't say, "HAD it," he uses the present tense. Is Anakin Skywalker going to make an appearance? Or is it that Luke doesn't feel his father ever left him? Also, who is that thought to rescue Darth's helmet and keep it all these past thirty years? Is it Luke? If so, does his attachment to this side of his father's character suggest a turning to the Dark Side.
Another(?) hooded character reaches out a mechanical hand to touch R2-D2. Given that Luke is saying, "I have it," at this point, I presume this is Luke himself, mid-reunion with his faithful droid. But, if it is, what's happened to his hand since Return of the Jedi finished? He HAD a mechanical hand then, but it looked real. What's happened to the flesh that covered the robotics? What new evil has Luke endured in the intervening years?
A young lady passes a Light Saber over to an older lady. Well, that is my assumption, but all we have is their hands. So, is this Rey, passing a Light Saber to Leia? It would seem as if that is who the older lady is, as Luke is heard saying, "My sister has it." Whoever the older lady is, she is cloaked. What has happened in the Star Wars Galaxy during the intervening years that Leia has to travel incognito?
We get a better look at the Sith Lord with the contoversial lightsaber, Kylo Ren, as he stands before an army, featuring some of the newly designed Stormtroopers. He's using the Force to hold back an enemy and shows moves reminiscent of Wushu martial arts, holding his Lightsaber behind him. Will there be some martial arts sequences in the new movies?
There's a lot going on in this shot from the trailer. The first thing I noticed was the figure, standing in the centre on the raised platform, presumably captured post-rousing-speech to his army of Stormtroopers. Is this the new Emperor, or whoever is in charge of what has replaced the Empire? There's three different styles of Stormtrooper on show here as well. Different ranks? Different roles to play? There's a new design of TIE Fighter standing ready behind the assembled troops. Black body with white wings. And, this planet they're on, resembles Hoth and judging by the gun turrents seen in the background, the Rebels stronghold from Episode V has been well and truly taken over.
The Millenium Falcon flies into the back of a crashed Imperial Star Destroyer, closely pursued by a TIE Fighter. That sentence on it's own is exciting enough. But, what it demonstrates to me again is that Disney and J J Abrams are doing all they can to stay true to the original movies. It recalls Luke's flight to destroy the Death Star in Episode IV. But, not specifically from this shot, but from the whole trailer, I get the sense that there's going to be a lot more real special effects in this movie that there were in Episodes I-III. Yes, there's obviously going to be massive quantities of CGI, but many of the shots feel grubbier; the Stormtroopers don't move uniformly, there's real people inside those suits. The explosions look real. I can imagine the close-ups of the spaceships have actually been shot using miniatures. And, when the droids move, there's going to be a feeling that on a soundstage somewhere in the world, a droid really did move across the floor.
Posted: 24 March 2016
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