After two days of no sleep, an ocean of concrete and an atmosphere just north of Hoth, Ben and I entered the panel for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. We were not alone diving into this super-charged atmosphere as our newest friends and arena pals Elizabeth and Hallie joined us in cheering loud and proud. The guests featured Lucasfilm CEO Kathleen Kennedy, Director Rian Johnson, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Mark Hamill which delighted the crowd and gave us a brief insight into Star Wars: The Last Jedi. All of this culminated in the two largest information pieces to come from the panel, one the new gorgeous teaser poster and our long awaited teaser trailer.
First and foremost the look of this trailer has Rian Johnson screaming all over it. The music score sounds as if it comes from the Maestro, John Williams. The subtle changing of the melodic notes to Rey’s theme and that of the First Order. The focus of this trailer and indeed the movie is Luke Skywalker and the backbone thematic of our saga.
The landscapes are gorgeous and large with a color pallet that still draws me in every time I see it. The gray’s stand out and green punches every time it’s shown on screen. There is an homage hidden in the early scenes of this trailer when Rey is meditating facing the ocean similar to Anakin in Star Wars: Attack Of The Clones. Then there are the ancient manuscripts sitting on a shelf built along the inside grain of a tree. Perhaps that Force Tree spotted by spy drones high above Pinewood Studios. The close-up revealing the crest of the Jedi Order and a language that isn’t Eurabesh as far as we can tell.
Rian Johnson is dead set on scorching your retina with contrasting colors that fire off that fun synapses deep in your brain meat. Here we see what looks to be old; junkyard pieced B-Wings on the planet of Cait. The vehicles barely stable require a simple third peg to keep it upright in their upcoming battle against the fierce and incredibly large First Order Heavy Assault Walkers. Here the balance peg of these ships scars the top layer of salt to reveal this fantastic Crimson look to the shot.
What’s remarkable about this scene, is how these makeshift speeders of junk get made in the first place. Kelly Marie Tran, during her introduction in today’s panel as Rose the “mechanic” or “engineer” and how she would be elevated to the role as a hero when no one would ever expect her to. I wonder if these contraptions are the work of Rose’s last-ditch idea to save the Resistance from a head-on assault on the old Rebel base on Cait.
Another frame of note is the only shot of Kylo Ren in the trailer in which he seems to be standing in front of the buring Force Tree on Ahch-To. The fires erupting around Kylo, who looks bloodthirsty with revenge is further compounded with the reverse shot of that iconic scene of Luke and R2-D2 in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. There he witnesses the loss of his students and his temple.
The crescendo builds into the end with a dramatic shot of Captain Phasma and her Stormtroopers invading a Resistance Ship. You will notice the bulkhead in the upper left-hand corner. Phasma and her vultures forcefully board a ship, perhaps to kidnap General Organa. Because why else would you board a ship in the first place.
This battle in space looks to be above Ahch-To or perhaps the planet made to resemble the sets in Dubrovnik is fierce with new Resistance Starships, which sure do resemble Nadiri Starhawk’s from the Star Wars: Aftermath trilogy. Could Nadiri be the birthplace of Laura Dern’s character Admiral Holdo who is rumored to be the benefactor of capital ships to the fight against the First Order?
The last line of the trailer wraps all this amazing imagery and sounds into the crux of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Luke detached and convinced that the Jedi must end for the good of the Galaxy. In one sentence we finally get a glimpse into a man who has run away from the normal order in order to preserve it. Who knows, he just might be right.
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