Ladies and gentlemen, I want you to think back on the excitement and enjoyment that you had when you saw the first teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Remember that feeling, because you won’t feel that again and this teaser just proves that.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, despite holding on to the worst title of a Star Wars film right under Attack of the Clones is set between episode 3 and 4. Meaning after the Jedi are decimated but before Luke shows up. The story revolves around a group of rebel pilots that are on a mission involving the iconic Death Star build. Now considering in A New Hope the Death Star is fine and fully operational and we never hear mention of anyone involved in Rogue One leads us to believe that things did not go smoothly for our heroes.
As for the trailer itself, I find myself being wholly unimpressed and it’s all Episode 7’s fault. You see, The Force Awakens did something that no Star Wars movie had done since 1983. It had moved on. Watching this Rogue One teaser made me realize that I am absolutely done with prequels. I had a taste of the good life, the unknown and I don’t want to go back . Not back to the stupid Rebel hats or the schlocky “I rebel” dialog. There’s obviously room for a good movie here, even if we do know how the story ends up but what I watched here didn’t do anything to impress me.
The cast for Rogue One is great, and sadly we don’t see nearly enough of them in this trailer. Felicity Jones plays the defiant Jinn, Donnie Yen does predictable Donnie Yen-like things to stormtroopers. Ben Mendelsohn plays the bad guy in white and Forest Whitaker plays… someone is a dope looking black outfit. Understandably this is a teaser and we will see more of the cast in the future but I need my Mads Mikkelsen fix nah mean?
I don’t think this is a bad teaser really, I just wasn’t impressed by it. I’ve seen AT-ATs before, I’ve seen the Death Star 2 1/2 times by now. The sense of wonder isn’t there and maybe director, Gareth Edwards did this on purpose. He is after all, the guy who decided that 10 minutes of screen time for the titular Godzilla was more than enough. This is a different era of Star Wars they they are presenting to us but all it has done is made me realize I want to move on more than ever.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters December 16, 2016