A couple of observations on that #EpisodeVII trailer

  • I still think this is going to be too scary for my son, which is very disappointing.  We haven’t even managed to get him through the OT  yet, which is my current greatest failure as a parent.  We have not tried the prequels.
  • I think my favorite thing about this is what they’ve done with the music.  The Force Awakens trailers have had a very different tone and feel than the previous six films, and this one is the most sonically different.  I really like it.
  • In the very last shot, Finn takes one look at Kylo Ren’s lightsaber and does a little hop backwards like he wasn’t expecting to see it.  You’re in trouble, bwah.
  • Speaking of John Boyega, make sure to check this out.
  • …and I haven’t mentioned Daisy Ridley’s Rey yet, but check this out too.
  • The amount of stuff I still know nothing about going into this movie is astounding.  Did you know Max von fucking Sydow is in this movie?  And NO ONE knows who the hell he’s playing?  That that’s Lupita Nyong’o’s Maz Kanata character doing the voiceover along with Rey and we don’t know what the hell she looks like?
  • My wife and I thought it was Leia; I don’t actually know Nyong’o’s voice, and am going by what everybody else is saying on that.
  • The shot of Rey descending into the bowels of the Star Destroyer is outstanding.
  • There’s been a lot of talk about the complete absence of Luke from these trailers, other than (presumably) the shadowy, robot-handed figure reaching for Artoo in that one shot.  Fewer people appear to be noticing the absence of C-3PO, who hasn’t appeared in a single shot in any of them.  I can come up with plenty of reasons to hide Luke.  Fewer for Threepio.
  • It’s looking more and more like the movies are going the opposite direction from where the original Expanded Universe went: Luke does not appear to have re-founded the Jedi order, and damn near no one has seen a Jedi in several generations (since the purge) by this point.  I wasn’t super happy with losing the EU but at least they’re not bothering to retread any of the same stories.

What did you think?

10 thoughts on “A couple of observations on that #EpisodeVII trailer

  1. NotAPunkRocker

    The Lego version of Threepio from these movies has a red arm while the rest of his body is gold. No idea what that means, unless red is the droid version of car paint primer-grey.

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  2. Nitpick: Daisy Ridley’s character is Rey; she’s the one descending into the Star Destroyer(which is an awesome shot!).
    The music was awesome, too! Loved hearing a bit of Han+Leia’s theme from ESB.
    I’ve already got my tickets, so I guess I liked it ok 😉
    And those reaction videos just made me fans of those actors hehe. Adorable.

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  3. I’m wondering if the composer John Williams has been retired. Very different musical framework. Much more sparse. Already I’m excited. Also, who wrote the script? I’m hoping it’s someone good. Looks good. Looks real.

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  4. We’re just starting on Star Wars with older boy (9). I really like the look of the pre-CGI films (large human-made props in real landscapes), and it’s completely cool seeing your kid watching classic films for the first time. Smaller boy (4) found Milo and Otis too scary, so it’s going to be a loooong time before he is SW-ready.

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    1. From what I’m hearing JJ Abrams is trying to use practical effects whenever he possibly can. I doubt he’s gone so far as matte paintings and such, but BB-8 (the little ball droid) is real, and most of the aliens are people in suits. Excellent. 🙂

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