By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)
Everyone is having different reactions to the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens international trailer. As for me I’m experiencing goosebumps. But maybe it’s not just because Walt Disney Studios Japan released a new trailer but it could also be that there is a new Force Awakens poster in Korea too.
In this latest trailer the focus is on new characters in the ongoing saga, Finn (John Boyega), Rey (Daisy Ridley), Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie).
The villians get to flex their Tmperial might and there are a few moves being displayed by Ren while wielding his crossblade lightsaber. The Stormtroopers lead by Phasma do what they do best, blow stuff up and lay waste where needed. And what of the beautiful shot of the TIE fighters approaching Jakku, as already mentioned by Screen Crush, that scene of the TIE fighters coming out of the sun does remind me of the chopper scene from Francis Ford Coppola’s film Apocalypse Now.
But don’t fret, it’s not all about new cast. Some of the original cast make their appearances. Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Leia (Carrie Fisher) and C-3P0 (Anthony Daniels) all make themselves known. And the mighty Chewbacca (David Prowse) teaches the Imperials you don’t mess with a Wookie.
But this trailer is devoid of Luke Sywalker (Mark Hamill). That’s not as if it’s a bad thing but some glimpse of SWkywalker would’ve been nice for fans. Disney is determined to keep Skywalker under wraps at least until the movie is out. Whatever is planned, you can bet it’ll be something good.
The words of Maz kanata (Lupita Nyong’o) heard near the very end will some up my feelings for this trailer, “Hope is not lost today. It is found.”