Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi- Trailer Review

 

Let me air that bias out real quick. Star Wars, as a franchise, is pretty much my favorite thing. You can keep your Harry Potters and your Lords Of The Ring. If I had to choose, I’d even give up Spider-Man in order to keep Star Wars. It has meant so very much to me for essentially my entire life.

The earliest memory I have is of seeing The Phantom Menace in theaters when I was about 6 years old. Yes, I know, I’m young and that movie is bad. Well it isn’t as bad as you think and also go away.

For a while, I never thought I’d get more Star Wars. Then, The Force Awakens happened. I don’t care if your argument is “It was just a remake of A New Hope”, but here’s an argument much better than one I could formulate.

The Force Awakens is everything I could’ve ever wanted it to be, but this is about what is still before us. Rian Johnson and The Last Jedi.

This trailer perfectly follows my three rules of trailers. It gives us a sense of tone, it hints at where the story will go, and it doesn’t (seem to) give it all away. Daisy Ridley’s Rey appears to be going through training from Luke Skywalker, including moving rocks with Force power and some lightsaber practice. John Boyega’s Finn is alive, though I think we were all pretty sure he was, but his condition is still undisclosed. Oscar Isaac’s hotshot pilot, Poe Dameron, and BB-8 are dodging explosions. The late Carrie Fisher and General Leia are present, and Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren has left behind his mask, perhaps for good, in favor of blind rage.

“It’s time for the Jedi to end”.

Chills.

Luke is disillusioned. We were told this in the last film, because he blames himself for Kylo turning to the dark side.

Director Rian Johnson is known for Looper and Brick, the latter being my second-favorite film of all-time. After his short but brilliant career already, I trust him with Star Wars and also my life. So, same thing basically.

I am absolutely elated by this footage, and December seems so very far away. If it’s anything like The Force Awakens, I’ll be seeing it about four times in theaters while trying to retain my journalistic integrity by not making it my #1 film of the year.

Sorry, “journalistic”. And also “integrity”.

And if this is anything like The Empire Strikes Back, I’ll forever be a happy man.

I love Star Wars and I love this trailer. What did you think? Will you be living in a theater like me around Christmas? Let us know down below!

Nick Potter

Co-founder of The Filmsmiths. Degree in Broadcast & Cinematic Arts with a minor in Cinema Studies from Central Michigan University. Pretty much the barbecue sauce of people but I'm doing my best.

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