During the 2016 Summer Olympics on NBC, the new trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was revealed, I turned on the TV and saw the last couple of seconds because some people said it was on, I didn’t see the whole thing, but then I IMMEDIATELY went to YouTube to see if it would show up. It wasn’t long before I watched it, I went through a combination of fanboying and analyzing with constructive criticism and then I got to the end of the trailer and that’s when I screamed like an elderly woman who won the lottery. I’ve received hints on this already, but Darth Vader is in this movie. It’s happening folks, he’s here! Let’s jump right in.
Darth Vader was in this trailer for like half of a second, but I’ll be honest, that half of a second I saw with Darth Vader, as he’s looking away from the camera, standing in a room, with a single breath, I couldn’t help but get really excited. I loved Star Wars since I was a child, despite how Phantom Menace is one of my least favorite movies ever made, with that in mind, seeing Darth Vader made me feel not only like a kid again, but like someone who could be around any age at all and got their biggest wish granted by a genie. One thing I do wonder although is what he does in the movie.
I do realize that this movie doesn’t really involve much to do with Darth Vader, in fact if you seen the trailer, you may have noticed Grand Moff Tarkin in it, and I saw a menacing look on his face. It gave my the thought that he will be the signature cause of chaos throughout the film. That does bring me back to Darth Vader though, what would he do in this movie? So they revealed him in the trailer, that’s great. What really matters now is his screentime. I’m hoping that he can do a little more than something along the lines of a cameo appearance. That’s all I want.
The leading protagonist in Rogue One is played by Felicity Jones (Girls, The Theory of Everything), and her name is Jyn Erso. I can already tell that this woman is going to be rather brave in this movie, but one thing that I want more of out of her than what I’m seeing out of this trailer, is fear. When you have a character that doesn’t fear anything at all, it sometimes works. However, if that were the case with a movie like this, a prequel to one of the greatest tales of fiction known to man that probably won’t end well, it may end up coming off like a cartoon. I don’t imagine she will come off that way in the final product, but to me, this is something to think about for now.
One thing I love about this trailer is the display of all the ships and the landscape of the planet you see in the opening shot, it just makes me feel like I’m on another planet. Yes, it is technically another planet, but when people say something along these lines, it is most likely out of exaggeration. This film has CGI, but it doesn’t even look fake. It looks clean and it looks like something practical.
After seeing the trailer, I can already imagine the movie’s tone from just those two minutes. Dark, daring, along with a hint of pressure. If this movie were coming out like, I don’t know, tomorrow, I would go on Fandango, get my ticket, rush to the theater, skip the concessions, and trot into the auditorium like Usain Bolt. I cannot wait for December, and for those of you reading this who haven’t seen Star Wars, what have you been doing with your life? Seriously, watch it, it’s a good time (except the prequels, although personally I love Revenge of the Sith). Stay tuned for more upcoming reviews, and I do plan to review this when it comes out in December. Scene Before is your click to the flicks!