The internet exploded like Alderaan this morning with the release of the highly anticipated teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The trailer gave us much more info than we previously expected, and, as per usual on the internet, reactions were mixed. However, the teaser trailer delivered for a number of reasons, and I’ve picked exactly 7 to convince you. See what I did there?
Introduces The Three New Leads Perfectly
While we don’t know their names, we now know more about the three lead characters through eighty seconds than what hours of pointless dialogue could achieve in the prequels: John Boyega, a conflicted Imperial stormtrooper, probably defecting to the good guys. Daisy Ridley, a tech-savvy scavenger type girl on Tatooine. Oscar Isaac, a hotshot X-wing pilot.
Holy hell, the Falcon! X-wings! Stormtroopers! The classic John Williams score! While establishing new characters and concepts, the trailer wasn’t afraid to strike a few of the right notes and instantly bring you back to your childhood. Unless you’re Alternative Nation head reporter Mike Mazzarone, who only watched Episode IV for the first time three weeks ago.
Sets The Rushed Tone
There was more of a sense of dread in the 88 seconds than the entire 9 hours of the prequel trilogy. Right off the bat, we get a panicked and disoriented John Boyega which sets off a racing tone throughout the teaser: scurrying soccer ball robots, Daisy Ridley on a high powered speeder, Oscar Isaac leading an X-wing strike force, and an evil figure stumbling at a fast pace through the woods. Everyone’s on the move, and John Williams’ pacing score only reinforces the feel. Much will be at stake in this film, and perhaps a core plot point of the flick will be a “race” to claim something before the villain does.
…But Still Leaves Room For Lightheartedness
A problem with the prequel trilogy was that the tone wavered between being way too kid friendly for adults to enjoy (Jar Jar, child Anakin) and overly-serious/dark (Anakin burning alive, space taxes). Just taking a glimpse at the unique “soccer ball droid” (R2-D2 and Wilson’s lovebaby) in the trailer reminds one of the original trilogy days.
The scene at the end of the trailer where a robed figure wielding a “light broadsword”, so to speak, stumbles through the forest, due to what many claim is a ridiculous design for the saber. That aside, there’s a lot more to the scene than what we can see ourselves. As the figure is stumbling, we see him flick his wrist with a “force” sound effect, as if he flung or pushed someone with the power of the force, ending up getting into a confrontational stance and igniting his strange saber… in front of an out of place, pathetic looking tree.
Wanna bet the tree is actually a stand-in for Luke Skywalker or some other lightsaber wielding foe, and the hooded figure threw Daisy Ridley or John Boyega out of the way like they were nothing when they attempted to stop him? By doing this edit successfully, we got a glimpse at the villain’s unique weapon without any context given away.
After All This, We Still Know Nothing About The Film
This is a TEASER trailer, and it has successfully teased us in every sort of way. We still have no idea what retirement-home age Luke, Leia, and Han will be like. What exactly is at stake? Who is the sinister voice in John Boyega’s head? What kind of characters are Domnhall Gleeson, Lupita N’yongo, Gwendoline Christie, and Adam Driver playing? To that end, who exactly is portraying the creepy hooded guy? In an age where every little detail of a movie is scrutinized and made public domain by the internet pre-release, it’s nice to have someone like JJ Abrams who prides mystery and going into a movie blind, like the good ol’ pre-Internet days. December 2015 can’t get here soon enough.
It’s A God Damn Trailer For Star Wars Episode VII
Don’t even lie to me/yourself that you hate Star Wars.