I love the look of the movie, and how it seems like a small story in a large landscape. It’s going to be a good film, there’s no doubt in my mind. Also, speaking of landscapes and overall looks: this is hands down the best cinematography in any Star Wars movie to date. Holy Kenobi this movie looks beautiful! We’re really going to feel the large scale of these cruisers, planets, and most importantly, the Death Star. I can’t wait to see all of this on the big screen.
With all of that said, the trailer itself didn’t do much for me as far as making me MORE excited like the previous one did, as well as all of the Force Awakens trailers. I don’t need to see more necessarily, but this to me just felt like an extended tv spot of things we’ve seen before than it did an actual new trailer. There were lots of new shots, but they just didn’t feel new for some reason. The editing of it felt like it was just mimicking the style of the 3rd Force Awakens trailer too. It was like a fan made remix where they take footage of another movie and place it in the same style of the most current trailer. It didn’t feel like its own thing to me, and even though I liked what I saw, I can’t say I liked HOW I saw it. It just felt too…plain.
The Vader shot felt like it was only there to let casual movie-goers know what timeline this is in. I think it would have been nice to either hear him speak one line of dialogue or slaughter a Rebel with his saber to give more of a “Chewie we’re home” moment. I was expecting to feel like “Oh damn it’s Darth Fricken Vader”! But instead it was like “hey there’s Vader, he’s in this”. I’m hoping further marketing gives us just a little taste of what he might do.
I just worry that the movie might end up being all action and style over substance and feel a little vanilla. I can’t explain why, but I get the sense of ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’ after watching this trailer. ‘Order of the Phoenix’ is a movie (to me) that’s not bad, but not anything great either. It’s just there. You watch it, it’s done, and you realize that even though it was a decent flick, it didn’t really add to much of the story before or after. I never dread watching it again when I have my annual Harry Potter marathon, but I also would be fine napping through it. Another quick reason this trailer gave me that sense is because it’s directed by Gareth Edwards. I enjoyed his ‘Godzilla’ reboot… it was cool. But it also felt like it could have been so much more. I’m still looking forward to more Godzilla movies, I just felt like the first one did the bare minimum to get a new franchise going. I’m not saying ‘Rogue One’ will be totally vanilla, but this one trailer reflected that for me and that’s just how I currently feel.
I’m still heavily looking forward to this movie. And even if it does turn out to be just “okay” story-wise, that’s totally fine. It’s a one-off, and it can’t possibly be as bad as Phantom Menace or Attack of the Clones. I understand I’m being a little harsh, it’s just one trailer that left me with the same excitement level I had before watching it. That’s all I’m really trying to get at. It should still be a very good movie, I would just like for the first anthology movie to be GREAT so that they have more of a reason to keep making them. I just wasn’t all that into this particular footage outside of the glamorous shots. But then again, it’s not trying to be sold to me. I’m a huge Star Wars nerd and will be seeing this opening night no matter what.
I’m hoping that this excited casual fans who were more or less unaware of this movie and/or where it falls in the timeline. I think it’s important that people know what’s going on with this series so they don’t walk into a movie confused as hell about why they don’t see Rey, Finn, BB-8, or Kylo. So in that regard, I think this trailer did do it’s job trying to market it correctly.
125 days until ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ as of writing this!