Thursday, October 13, 2016

Trailer Review: ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY (Trailer #3)

It’s here! It’s here! The final trailer is here! This morning on Good Morning America the good folks over at Disney and LucasFilm dropped the third and final trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (a title I’m still not on board with (I supported Star Wars Anthologies) but either way). As with any Star Wars trailer the hype is always at a fever pitch and no less so in this case when we had the news of it surprisingly dropped on us yesterday.

For those who don’t know, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is the first Star Wars spin-off film. It tells the story of the rebel infiltrators who steal the plans for the first Death Star to beam to Princess Leia which kick start the events of Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. This film is directed by Gareth Edwards and stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen, Wen Jiang, Riz Ahmed, Ben Mendelsohn, Mads Mikkelsen, and Forest Whitaker. Check out the new trailer below.

This was the third really strong trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and definitely provided answers to a lot of story speculation abound in the Star Wars fan community. If you do not want to know any plot points for this film, do not read on. The trailer was really strong. That should be enough. If you want to brave the waters, come with me.

This is the first trailer where we get a deeper and more clear sense of what is going on in this film. We knew from the outset the main mission but we didn’t know from the earlier trailers (outside of speculation and some statements actors have made elsewhere). This trailer lays out parts of the story to capture audience. Right from the opening of the trailer we hear Galen Erso (Mikkelsen) speak for the first time and we see a young Jyn, played by a young actress, as yet uncredited, confirming that this is the first Star Wars film to have a genuine flashback, or possibly flash-forward. We also see our likely character introduction to Jyn (Jones) as she is being liberated by a group of rebels from an imperial prison. In this trailer, like an earlier international trailer, we hear Mon Mothma (Genevieve O’Reilly) ask Jyn about her father, setting him up as a McGuffin (person or item used to push the plot forward) for the broader plot. We also get to hear Director Orson Krennic (Mendelsohn) speak, seemingly to Darth Vader (although we don’t get any James Earl Jones in this). On the note of Darth Vader, there are a couple shots of him being intimidating and looming over this story. We also got to see some intense fighting, some great dog fights in space (something we haven’t seen since Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith), and just an overall level of intensity that is engrossing to see in a Star Wars movie.

From all signs for me they seem to be doing this right. I felt like they did a really good job establishing the team of Jyn, Cassian Andor (Luna), Chirrut Imwe (Yen), Baze Malbus (Jiang), Bodhi Rook (Ahmed), and K-2SO (Tudyk) and giving us some sense of who they are as characters. I get the sense we’re going to be deeply embedded in their team and I’m very excited to get to know them all better over the course of the film. Edwards seems to also be living up to his promise of a war film via these trailers. There is a lot of aggressive action in this latest trailer and it demonstrated both a great sense of guerilla and aerial warfare. This was my biggest fear throughout the course of the news of reshoots to add levity so I’m happy that the trailers at least are readying the audience for a different kind of story.

One thing I was kind of surprised about with respect to this trailer was its use of Darth Vader. This is the most we’ve seen from him in any of the marketing so it is clear that Disney and LucasFilm want him to get people to the theaters, yet there has been a surprising degree of restraint with him. We still haven’t heard him speak and we certainly haven’t seen him in combat as some expected to see in this trailer. Reading the tea-leaves with this is tricky. They may be holding back because he is very minimally involved in the story or they may be holding back because he isn’t and something he does is deeply spoiler-filled. I’m hoping the latter as a fan myself but it is interesting to see the approach being taken. I suspect he’ll show up in a TV spot or two over the next couple months so we’ll see if we get more then.

This trailer also had a couple interesting moments that beg a lot of questions for Star Wars super nerds. We get the genesis of Rogue One as a call sign but it is unclear who that call sign is for. We see Saw Guerrera (Whitaker) being connected with the notion of hope and spelling out a very different viewpoint than in the first teaser for this film (“save the rebellion, save the dream” versus “if you continue to fight, what will you become?”) which opens up a lot of questions about where he stands on all this and what his role will be in the film. We still aren’t seeing that many classic Star Wars ships outside of X-Wings, TIE Fighters, and Star Destroyers in action which makes me wonder if we will in the film (after the let down in variety that Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens provided in that area).

The last thing I wanted to mention in this trailer was the music. This was probably just temp music cut for the purposes of the trailer but it was really strong and engaging and I hope mirrors whatever brilliance Michael Giacchino is coming up with. I thought it set the mood extremely well and was engaging. There was definitely some worry after Alexandre Desplat left but I think we’re in very good hands here.

Overall I thought this was yet another very strong trailer and makes me even more excited to see this film (which is exactly the job of a trailer). I think we got the right amount of answers, some good fan service, and some alleviating of specific concerns people have had surrounding this movie over the past few weeks. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in theaters in the United States on December 16 (we found out Europe is getting it earlier again, congratulations if you live there!). Go check it out, I know one person who will definitely be there!

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