In our last post on this blog, we talked about our thoughts on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, so now that that is done, we can start focusing our attention towards this year’s Star Wars film. The world woke up to some good news today as Disney released the first teaser trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the first in a series of Star Wars anthology movies which tells the story of just how the rebels got into the possession of the Death Star plans before the events of A New Hope. The bad news: It seems they are actually sticking with that silly subtitle. However, everything else about it looks great! I will share the trailer and my thoughts on it after the break in case you don’t want anything spoiled.
The initial announcement for this film claimed that this was going to be a more grounded, war-based Star Wars movie, and that is definitely the vibe that I am getting from this trailer. We once again get a strong female protagonist, although Jyn Erso seems to be more rebelious than Rey and much less force-y. In fact, there is not a single lightsaber or force-usage to be seen in this trailer which fits the tone of the movie and accurately represents what it must be like for an average person to live in the galaxy far, far away during this time where the Jedi are presumed extinct and the force has become a forgotten religion. There are intriguing new faces as well as some familiar ones such as Mon Mothma. It’s good to see the old-school Stormtroopers back and the action scenes they showed looked awesome, especially the one showing a bunch of AT-ATs landing on a tropical beach. One could argue that there are too many new Stormtrooper types, weapons, and vehicles that we have never seen before, but after how little innovation the design department showed in The Force Awakens, I welcome all of these excellent looking new designs. All of the scenes are beautifully shot and the use of a Star Destroyer siren as the soundtrack is brilliant as it fills me with both nostalgia as well as a feeling of unease. It makes the trailer feel intense and emphasizes the focus on the war between the Rebel Alliance and Galactic Empire. While we are all dying to see the next exploits of Rey and friends, I think it will be refreshing to see a movie that takes place in the Star Wars universe and doesn’t revolve around the Skywalkers and Solos. Color me excited. You can watch the trailer below and you can discuss it here.