Best trailer ever? Best trailer ever!
The cat has been let out of the bag. The second trailer for The Force Awakens has been released, and it is a corker. If you were feeling cautiously optimistic after the teaser trailer, feel free to start getting excited. Whilst there’s still much to learn about the impending Star Wars sequel, things look to be shaping up very nicely, with the tone looking pitch perfect, iconic imagery by the bucket load, and an exciting villain. Here’s what we’ve learned from the latest glimpse at everyone’s most anticipated film of the year:
The Empire has fallen. In the beautiful opening shot we see a fallen Star Destroyer, symbolising the collapse of the Empire. Wreckage in the foreground would suggest casualties on both sides, whilst a Landspeeder zips past in the distance. Is this our first glimpse of Daisy Ridley’s Rey, who we saw on a Speeder in the teaser trailer? From there, things get serious. Luke Skywalker’s sombre voice over narrates “The Force is strong in my family” – and here comes the money shot:
Holy crap it’s Darth Vader(‘s helmet)! We hear the iconic heavy breathing – “My father has it” – “Has”? Present tense?! Is Anakin still alive? Surely not! Though, we haven’t seen anything of Max von Sydow who is amongst the cast, could he be playing the aged Sith?
“I have it”. It’s R2-D2, hooray! Presumably that’s Luke’s hand giving him a pat on the head, he is a good droid.
“My sister has it…you have that power too.” From the voice over we can assume that one of the hands in shot belongs to Leia, and I would guess that the other belongs to Rey, who is believed to be her daughter.
We then see a smattering of repeat footage from the teaser trailer, with X-Wings in formation. It would seem that we’re set for a fair amount of airborne battles in The Force Awakens – always a treat!
And our man behind said X-Wing’s wheel is pilot Poe Dameron, played by Oscar Isaac. Where he fits into the story has yet to be revealed, however we can expect him to be featured heavily, having been given a share of the limelight in both the teaser and full trailers.
Now we’re talking. There’s that medieval looking lightsaber from the teaser again, and wielding it is Kylo Ren, who we see more of in just a moment….
….Right after Finn (John Boyega), Rey and the “football droid” BB-8 make their great escapes from a big ol’ explosion. Rey (Daisy Ridley) certainly looks a bit less flustered than Finn here, and from the later shots we see of the pair it would seem that she is the more battle ready member of the pairing.
Our first clear shot of Kylo Ren reveals that he is wearing a pretty imposing mask. Adam Driver is believed to be the man behind the mask, however things are being kept close to director J.J. Abrams chest for the time being. I’m liking the distinct look that has been designed for Ren, following in the footsteps of the iconic looks of Darth Vader and Maul.
An army of Stormtroopers converges, a war is brewing again, it would seem.
Rey is here again, is she our lead protagonist? It certainly looks like it’s a possibility.
More space battles are afoot, with a blink and you’ll miss it shot of a TIE Fighter in action.
Following the peak at Boyega in Stormtrooper gear in the teaser trailer, once again we see him looking disheveled and in distress in the classic white uniform. My guess would be that he is in disguise, and that things haven’t gone quite as planned.
What/who on Earth is this?! Whoever it is, he/she is very shiny, and very menacing!
BB-8 also seems to be intrigued. In the earlier shot we saw BB-8 with Finn and Rey, have they sent him in to spy on the shiny Chrome Trooper above?
Whatever is happening here, it seems that Rey is unimpressed. Is she unhappy with her companion’s combat skills?….
….Because he’s certainly looking a little flustered here (and he looks to be perpetually flustered each time we’ve seen him).
It’s the Millennium Falcon, which can only mean one thing…
It’s Han Solo everyone! Yes, he’s looking a touch older, but how good it is to see our old friend, along with Chewie, who has aged very well! “Chewie, we’re home”, proclaims Han Solo – cue euphoria, the classic score, and the title card – that is how you make a trailer ladies and gentlemen!
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