Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Star Wars Ep VII: The Force Awakens — The Trailer

The trailer for the upcoming Star Wars trailer came out last night to almost universal appreciation. If you haven't seen it yet, I'll include the embedded video:


Let's review the trailer!

The very first shot was completely incredible. Cinematically, scifi-ically, fantastically incredible. At once I felt the sheer amount of epic that can come from this film and felt tones of E.T. and Miyazaki/Studio Ghibli and the most classic sci-fi there is. If I had to compare the first four shots of the trailer to any specific film, it would be Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind.

The new trio of character each have their own introduction in the trailer. Rey, the scavenger that is possibly denying her past; Finn, the former stormtrooper that is searching for something to believe in and fight for; and Kylo Ren, the fanatical Darth Vader fanboy. This trio of characters is our new Star Wars, and it's fitting that each one is introduced in turn and individually.

Then the destruction starts. This film looks like it could be very heavy. We suspect that Finn leaves the Empire after being forced to take part in the destruction of a village, and we see Captain Phasma stroll through the purported village.

We have Rey and Finn questioning the history of Star Wars and Han freaking Solo confirming it all to be true in the same place where 30 years earlier he claimed that the Force didn't exist.

The action looks like it will be the best action we've ever had in Star Wars, and possible some of the best action we've ever had period. I don't make that claim lightly or solely based on the trailer even, we have the people behind the action in the Raid participating in this film. The vehicle action looks the best it's ever been, and I cannot wait to see the person-to-person action.

I'm completely sold on this new Star Wars film and the trailer has only increased my excitement. If Star Wars ends up being not good, it will be one of the biggest disappointments in my life.

So good job trailer!

What did you think? Are you looking forward to the new film or are you unable to put the prequel trilogy out of your mind? I heard a report saying that Star Wars had 8x more presale tickets last night than Hunger Games did in 24 hours (which previously held the record for most presale tickets in 24 hours) so apparently people are pretty excited.

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