Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Rogue One Trailer Impressions

Big O here, just wanted to give my quick thoughts on the recently released Rogue One: A Star Wars Story trailer.  If you haven't seen it yet, go ahead and give it a watch.  I even provided it below.  I'll wait.

One of the things to point out is for everything we know about this movie, we really don't know much.  The plot seems to focus around Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) and a band of misfits who are charged with retrieving the plans for the original Death Star.  In case it wasn't obvious, this movie takes place before Star Wars Episode IV.  In addition to Jones, Rogue One is bringing some notable names to the table.  Genevieve O'Reilly is reviving her role as Mon Mothma from Star Wars Episode III.  We are also seeing Mads Mikkelsen, star of Hannibal and the villain from Casino Royale.  There is also Ben Mendelsohn who many will remember as Daggett from Dark Knight Rises and we will being seeing in Ready Player One.  Forest Whitaker also makes a surprise appearance.  Honestly, I could go on about the cast all day.

This trailer is relatively new but the rumors are already flying.  What do we know?  One of my first observations is that many of the shots take place on Yavin 4, the location of the rebel base from Star Wars Episode IV.  Erso is a hot tempered and impulsive rebel agent who is frequently in trouble, as we can see by her impressive rap sheet.  The movie appears to be going for a darker tone compared to most Star Wars films.  Especially, considering we know there is a good chance many of these characters will not make it to the end of the film.  The trailer ends with a chilling shot of Erso in Imperial armor.  Does Erso betray her team to the Empire?  Does she infiltrate the Empire by joining them?  We won't really know until we see the film.

In the end, this is just a two minute trailer that simply introduces us to the main character and gives us a rough impression of the plot.  There is still much about this movie we don't know.  So, did the trailer succeed?  In my opinion, the answer is an overwhelming yes.  I keep talking about how the trailer doesn't really tell us much, but that isn't the job of a trailer.  A trailer is supposed to get the audience excited to see a movie and I am certainly excited.  The Rogue One trailer shows off the cast, gives us a glimpse of the plot without giving anything away, and shows plenty of action scenes to get the adrenaline pumping.  Developing a prequel is always a challenge.  It is hard to surprise the audience when they know the outcome.  However, Disney has shown that they are more that capable with the Star Wars Rebels television show.  I will be seeing Rogue One when it comes to theaters, and I hope you all join me.  

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