AFJ EPISODE VII FINAL TRAILER ANALYSIS!
By Robert Trate & Jarrett Kruse
An event occurred last night that proved that the phenomenon that is STAR WARS has not lost any steam after almost 40 years. Not even a little bit. Online ticket giants Fandango and AMC crashed and no one even panicked. It was like people just expected it to happen. The days of waiting on line to grab a ticket and any seat available are over. Now going to the movies is like going to a Broadway show. One of the worst NY GIANTS performances of the year was interrupted by the final EPISODE VII trailer for the next installment of STAR WARS premiered. I watched it live and then on my laptop, and then on my phone another half dozen times baffled that I haven't been this excited for a film in over 30 years.
The trailer was beautiful and everything that I had hoped for. Sans seeing Luke Skywalker, it had it all. The beginning on what I presumed to be Tatooine with Rey & BB-8, harkening back to Luke and R2-D2. The jaded Finn apparently done with the Stormtrooper life and seeking redemption.
The crusty old Han Solo telling Finn & Rey that everything they've heard, is true. Han has truly come full circle in the brief shot of his loving embrace of Princess Leia. I have to think that the robotic hand patting R2-D2 is Luke Skywalker but his absence from the one-sheet poster must mean that J.J. Abrams and LUCASFILM are going for an epic reveal in the film that will have generations up on their feet clapping so loud that it may just bring them back to their childhoods.
The bad guys are on prominent display. Moreso Kylo Ren than Captain Phasma but the suspected Sith seems to have somehow gotten the burnt corpse of Vader (eBay maybe?) and is holding onto it like Blofeld and his cat. Every shot looks gleamingly fresh and crisp with everything that they wanted us to take notice of really "popping." THE FORCE AWAKENS has relit the pilot light inside me that went dormant after I threw my popcorn away after EPISODE III thinking that it was all over forever. My faith is restored. TRAILER GRADE: 5 Miraculous Stars *****
Hopefully, that is the last trailer. I’ve already seen and read far too much about the new STAR WARS movie. We only get one shot at this to be fresh. After December 17th, it will be poked, prodded and trolled to death.
The new trailer reveals a little more about the story we are going to see. What it doesn’t reveal is Luke Skywalker, a common point of distaste throughout the internet. Director JJ Abrams is notorious for keeping things from the audience up to the last minute. Granted, the modern movie goer has to be spoon fed everything, leaving true film aficionados hating the modern trailer all together.
For this life long fan of STAR WARS (sitting here typing in a Lucasfilm hoodie), I don’t need to see Luke Skywalker until December 17th. Seeing Harrison Ford on screen again as Han Solo was enough. The story of STAR WARS has always been about the Skywalkers. If you think about it, we saw one Skywalker in the trailer, Leia (probably another one, too).
As the audience, we are wondering where Luke is and it appears that is the premise for the film. Where is the last Jedi? We want to see our friend and hero again. Abrams has pulled a great magic trick on us by making our quest for Luke the same as it is for the characters, supposedly, in the film. We are invested already on an emotional level for something we haven’t seen yet. It has nothing to do with our own individual nostalgia. We just need to know, where is Luke Skywalker? I can live with that, it’s STAR WARS, and we’ve waited over 30 years to know what happens next. TRAILER GRADE: 5 PATIENTLY WAITING *****