I told myself for months that I wasn’t going to watch any more footage from Star Wars: The Last Jedi. After first witnessing that beautiful teaser trailer back at Star Wars Celebration, I vowed that that would be it. I didn’t want to see any more. I was done. Yet today, for its entirety, do you want to know what I did? I spent hours refreshing social media pages and the Event Cinemas ticket sales pages in hopes of being the first to get a glimpse at the beautiful new poster and trailer, as well as being the first to get tickets to the midnight showing. It was a success. I got them, and wouldn’t you know that they sold out thirty seconds later? Star Wars fans are insane. I love each and every one of them.
Still, I dig it. I do miss the old hand drawn designs of the original posters, but times have changed. Keeping with the now, it certainly fits, and I wouldn’t be opposed to hanging it on my wall beside my seven other Star Wars posters. But while the poster didn’t blow me away, that trailer certainly did. Christmas is coming, folks. And by Christmas, I don’t mean a fat, red, bearded man climbing down your chimney. I’m talking about Luke Skywalker returning to the big screen after a thirty-year hiatus. December 14th is going to be a glorious day indeed, and if this main trailer is anything to go by, we’re in for an absolute treat. Everybody cries at Star Wars trailers, right? It’s not just me?
Obviously, however, the single greatest shot of the trailer, and perhaps even the single greatest shot in cinema history, is that Porg screaming. After first witnessing them in the D23 behind the scenes reel, I knew I was in love. After today’s trailer, my obsession has peaked (or at least until December). As much as I’d like to dedicate an entire article to Porgs (that’s not a bad idea actually… stay tuned), there’s a lot more on display than just those wonderful little beings of happiness. Because…. HOLY FUCKING SHIT KYLO REN AND REY AND SNOKE AND FINN AND PHASMA AND PORGS AND LUKE AND FLASHBACKS AND ACTION AND EXPLOSIONS AND DARKNESS AND MIST AND EVERYTHING WE’VE EVER APPRECIATED IN LIFE AND SO MUCH MORE.
The outfit Rey wears in that scene isn’t the one she’s wearing off-island. It’s her training gear still, without any blue in sight. Perhaps this confrontation is a vision, or perhaps she falls to the dark side a little earlier than anticipated. We’re not going to be seeing a Kylo Ren redemption arc any time soon, but we might be getting a Rey one, for if she joins Kylo and makes it to the Dark Side, what happens next? Well, based on the trailer, it doesn’t look good. A two-shot moment in which Snoke is torturing Rey with the force (!) hints at dark dangers to come. Perhaps this is a sequence after her meeting with Kylo. Perhaps he never wanted her to join him, even though it was alluded to in The Force Awakens, but instead wanted to lure her into Snoke’s evil grasp.
There’s so much visual excitement from characters we know and love, including an emotional appearance from Carrie Fisher (in a scene that further hints at Kylo’s humanity. Perhaps he’s going to be upset to find Snoke torturing Rey? Perhaps he will be redeemed in this film after all?), that we get very little time with the new characters. In fact, from my seventeen thousand views of the trailer already, I don’t think we see a single shot of them, save for one of Rose. Yet once again, this is good. We don’t need to see everything. Star Wars has a firm understanding of that. They know how to tease without showcasing the entire plot, as evident from the last two movies released, so I’m glad we’ve gotten just a snippet of this movie.
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