11:24am PT by Aaron Couch
'Rogue One:' Pros and Cons from the New 'Star Wars' Trailer
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story's latest trailer has been met with cautious optimism from fans — some are raving about it and others are complaining it doesn't feel quite Star Wars-y enough.
The first standalone film is among the biggest question mark in Star Wars lore in years. As opposed to the good will shown for Star Wars: The Force Awakens even before it hit theaters, fans are approaching Rogue One and the young Han Solo spinoff movie with a little more caution — but there's plenty of material in the trailer to fuel debate.
Below Heat Vision breaks down some of the key pros and cons from the latest look.
Pro: Baze Malbus (Jiang Wen) is a badass fighter, taking down an AT-ACT with a rocket launcher and giving a short speech in which he explains his hatred for the Empire quite succinctly and convincingly.
Con: He easily takes down an AT-ACT — an even larger version of the AT-AT seen in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. Doesn't that sort of negate how scary they are — and raises questions as to why the AT-ATs were so difficult to fell in Empire. Then again, maybe it just speaks to how cool and competent Malbus is (sort of like Vision picking up Thor's hammer in Avengers: Age of Ultron).
Pro: There's a stirring scene where Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) unites the team under her leadership. This ragtag group not only features the most diverse actors in Star Wars' big screen history, the team gives you a sense of what Rebellion fighters engaging in guerilla warfare look like.
Con: We know how it ends ... we know they succeed. That's both a hindrance and an opportunity. This movie better make us care intensely about whether these characters live or die. There's also an opportunity here to build suspense that multiple characters might not make it out alive, as this is intended to be a standalone movie, not a franchise. We never thought one of the young characters from Force Awakens would bite the dust. After all, we need to continue their journey in the sequel.
Pro: Star Donnie Yen looks like he owns the role of Chirrut Imwea, a blind believer in the Force who has no trouble taking out a group of stormtroopers with nothing but a staff.
Con: As cool as Chirrut looks, there's a possibility that the character will fall into the western trope of the wise, mystic, eastern warrior. Hopefully Yen, an acclaimed star for his work in films such as 2008's Ip Man, has been given a role that goes beyond that and is worthy of his talent.
Pro: K-2SO has a darker edge to him than the droids we are used to.
Con: Doesn't he sound a little too much like C-3PO?
Pro: Darth Vader returns, with James Earl Jones once again voicing the galactic tyrant.
Con: He's set-dressing, as opposed to the lead villain, according to what we've heard from those involved in the movie.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be released Dec. 16.