Star Wars: The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer Thoughts
On Friday the Teaser Trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens land. When I first watched it I couldn’t pin down my feelings on it. Now, after watching it quite a few times, it finally dawned on me what my feelings were. To steal a cliché from the world of football the trailer is “a game of two halves.” It helps that the trailer is itself 90 seconds long and the change comes about at the 45 second point! Now I would suggest you watch the trailer, if you haven’t already, and then click below to see my reasons behind my clichéd description.
The First Half
For me, the first half feels more like a horror movie trailer than a Star Wars one: the jump scare appearance of John Boyega dressed as a Stormtrooper followed by scenes of a droid and Daisy Ridley running away from some unknown thing. Even the sequence with the re-designed Stormtroopers had tinges of horror movie trailer about them as well as reminding me of the start of the excellent halo jumper trailer for Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla movie – a movie that has nothing of the childlike adventure that is core to a Star Wars movie, in my opinion.
The Second Half
As I said in the introduction it all changes at around the 45 second mark. The newly designed X-wings flying look over the water feels like Star Wars to me, despite a similar image never having appeared in any of the Star Wars films. Yet the crowning moment of the trailer, and the same moment when I knew I’d be seeing Star Wars: The Force Awakens at the cinemas, was when John Williams‘ famous score cut in over the images of the Millennium Falcon swooping low over a dessert planet. The childhood excitement that is the most important element of any Star Wars movie burst into life in that moment. December 2015 can’t come soon enough.
The Phantom Menace?
Any Star Wars fan my age will know of the Phantom Menace problem. Not the fact that Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace was rubbish, that the trailers for a poor movie were so exciting. If you watch the teaser trailer for that film below you can see the promise it offered, expanding the film universe to new planets and with exciting new characters and yet, with hindsight, the problems are already there to see. Jar Jar Binks is as unfunny as his reputation suggests while much of the dialogue is as wooden as hell (because of course Hell is full of trees!) I hope Star Wars: The Force Awakens doesn’t suffer from the same fate!