Here is the new trailer for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.
That’s a very strong trailer. Or, put another way, OMFG DID YOU SEE THAT SHIT?!!
THIS is Star Wars. Practical effects. Familiar sights. New creations. The image of the Imperial Cruiser crashed in the dunes of Tattoine is a marvelous mix of new and old. Mark Hamill repeating lines from Return of the Jedi reminds us that 1) the old band is back together and 2) Abrams is doing everything he can to connect his film to the original trilogy and nothing else that might have come in between thanks very much.
As far as trailers go for re-booting the most beloved sci-fi series of all time, you could do worse, J.J. And yet. Trailers are not movies. Trailers can deceive. You know how I know? Because this is a pretty cool trailer, too.
Be honest with yourself. That’s a good trailer. And it’s not that different from Episode VII’s. It has some practical effects and familiar sights and that musical theme that cannot help but cause a swelling in your stomach for what is to come. It has more dialog than the new one, and now that we know what that dialog means, and who says it and how stupidly everything came together*, it’s easy to forget 17 years later that when those first Phantom Menace trailers came out they were totally. fucking. awesome.
There was real reason to be excited about this trailer in 1998. We all know how that turned out. No pressure, J.J.
*except for the three-man lightsaber battle between Qui-Gonn Jin and Obi-Wan and Darth Maul. That scene remains awesome.