Saturday, November 29, 2014

Star Wars Teaser!

The Star Wars teaser was released yesterday and I have to say that I personally think these 90 seconds from JJ Abrams has undone all of the bad will created by Lucas in the Prequel Trilogy.  This looks like Star Wars.  This feels like Star Wars.  But unlike the PT this teaser evoked an emotional response.  Damn, it feels good to care about Star Wars again.  

In the first shot we see John Boyega jump into frame.  The first time I saw it I almost felt like laughing; like it was another fake teaser a la Romeo Lux.  The voiceover didn't help.  But when I see the fear on Boyega's face, the dread, I was sold.  It was also great to see a Stormtrooper without Jango Fett's head pasted on to his body.  The rumors say Boyega is the main character of the movie; a Stormtrooper who has a Force awakening and leaves the Empire for the Rebel forces.  Also, I didn't hear it at first but others have pointed out that what sounds like an Imperial probe droid is barely audible at the end of this scene.

 Next up is a cute little FIFA droid which is quite enjoyable.

Stormtroopers on a dropship.  I'm not too familiar with the Expanded Universe stuff but I guess the Empire is still around even after the death of the Emperor. 

Then we see Daisy Ridley's character on a speeder.  I'm hearing that Daisy might be playing Han's daughter.  Some viewers have noticed that in the close up shot before Daisy rides away there is some gear attached to the side of the pod near the cockpit that disappears in the next shot.  Little blooper there.

We get a glimpse of the interior of an X-Wing piloted by Oscar Isaac.  Some fanboy has translated the Aurebesh on his Mae West.  Apparently it says "Pull To Inflate."

Now this shot of the X-Wings skimming over what appears to be a lake gave me chills the first time I saw it.  Seeing this ships flying low, spraying water behind them, is a clip that really impresses.  Stunning.  I'm all in at this point.

A lot of fans are griping about this saber.  I admit I rolled my eyes a bit at first as well but looking at it closer you can see that the cross hilt saber blades almost appear to be exhaust outlets; not really intended to be part of the blade.  The saber looks rough; maybe makeshift.  The speculation is that whoever is holding this weapon either found it or hacked it together.  Of course, it could also be a flashback to the Knights of the Old Republic days.  Whatever it ends up being I can say I'm intrigued.  I really like it.

When the Millennium Falcon appears with the John Williams theme playing I'm not ashamed to say I started tearing up a bit.  Manly tears.  The tracking shots with clouds in the background are absolutely gorgeous.  It almost looks like found footage.  The ship looks great.  If I was all in before I'm begging Disney to take my money at this point.

The MFalcon going up against 2 TIE fighters in the atmosphere of what looks to be Tatooine.  A lot of fans have pointed out that the round "radar" dish has been replaced with a square one which ties into Jedi since the dish was destroyed. 

Lastly we get the title card.  I have to say the title has grown on me now.  Of course, the force has always been around but I think it'll all make sense after we've seen the movie.

At any rate, I'm sold on our man JJ taking the reins from Lucas.  Of course, I would've been happy to see anyone taking over after the awful prequels.  Hell, I'd've taken a Michael Bay-Tommy Wiseau joint; I was that disappointed with Eps I,II and III.

Looking forward to December 2015!