So we got a Super Bowl teaser and then the very next morning a full-length trailer. I’ve been waiting for this one for a while and once again it’s tough to have an opinion (good or bad) in this fandom. I actually read someone say that you couldn’t say anything about this movie or casting unless you had been to film school.
I mean if it works for you more power to you. Great. If it doesn’t work, same you know? I don’t think you need to go to film school to have an opinion on a movie trailer.
I got to admit. I’m still torn.
Weirdly perhaps I liked the teaser way more than I liked the trailer. I think the look of it was really pretty and the action (in both) looks well shot. It should be interesting to see a “recruiting” side of the Empire. Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton and Donald Glover are awesome in everything so I have high hopes for them here.
But on the other hand I thought the “heist” stuff in the longer trailer was kind of cliche been there done that even though I knew full well it was coming.
Okay, I know you can’t judge Alden Ehrenreich on one trailer and I have to say there were parts when he looked okay… mostly involving the action or short moments. But those two longer parts- the one where Emilia Clarke is telling Han that she knows him and the part at the end in the cockpit I thought the film itself was going for those Han Solo moments then and I just… didn’t see it.
And it just took me right out of the moment. Just my opinion obviously. The film needs to walk a fine line with that one though because he can’t be (at least he doesn’t look) that much younger than the first time we saw Han in a New Hope. I’m also fifty-fifty on Emilia Clarke. I like her and she doesn’t ruin anything for me but she’s not a presence where I can really say, “Oh, Emilia. Well at least I know she’ll be good.”
The above shot and the last shot in the teaser of Han and Chewie just appeals to my nostalgic little heart and I do like the character movie posters that were released.
The whole point of a trailer after all is to sell you a movie. This worked in that even a month ago I was saying, “No way.” I’m definitely more interested in seeing it. The hang up, for me, remains the lead and can he pull it off. And I think that was always the real question.
In other news I’m definitely not thrilled about Game of Thrones David Benioff and D.B. Weiss working on a new series. I don’t know if I would rather it be something out of Star Wars canon or something brand new. If I’m being kind I think the show had serious issues when they went off canon and speaking as someone whose favorite book stories were Cat, Robb and then the Northern Conspiracy, yeah, I wasn’t thrilled with when they were “on canon.”
Some early speculation has been it might be a series for the streaming service. I’ll keep my mind open. But at this point all I’m hoping is that J.J. closes out Episode 9 strong.