10:17am PT by Graeme McMillan
Unpacking the New 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Trailer
Sure, everyone was blown away by the new Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer when it dropped late last night, but there was a lot of information being delivered (and a lot of questions asked) amongst the spectacle. Here are five things to think about while waiting for Dec. 15.
This Is Not Going to Go the Way You Think.
One of the constants in the two trailers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the idea of reversal. The teaser brought back Luke (Mark Hamill), only for him to declare that the Jedi needs to end. The full trailer opens with what appears to be Snoke (Andy Serkis) talking about Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) — a figure so filled with raw power — before apparently being revealed to be Rey (Daisy Ridley), who has her own dialogue that suggests that she could end up turning to the Dark Side out of desperation. The Last Jedi, then, might be less of a straight-forward adventure than something more tricky, complex and morally ambiguous than fans expect … as is only keeping with writer/director Rian Johnson's back catalog.
The Force Is Strong in This One.
What is going on with Rey, anyway? With both Anakin and Luke, the Force seemed to be an inner power they could tap into when necessary, but Rey's dialogue in the trailer suggests something else entirely. "Something inside me has always been there, but now it's awake, and I need help," she says at the start — and, given that The Last Jedi's title is as literal as to be taken from the opening crawl of The Force Awakens, it's a fair bet that she's talking about the Force. Luke is certainly scared by Rey's raw power, but it seems like Rey is, too. "I need someone to show me my place in all this," she says at the end of the trailer. But why is the Force having such an effect on Rey in the first place?
Let the Past Die. Kill It.
It's not just Rey who appears to be having trouble with the events of The Force Awakens, of course — we see Kylo Ren seemingly destroy his helmet in frustration or anger at the 1:08 mark (Note that he's not wearing it for the rest of the trailer, and that the teaser trailer showed it crumpled up), heightening his visible angst emoting powers greatly, as can be seen with the seeming face-off with his mother midway through the trailer. But why? Is this because he killed his father, or because he's been replaced in Supreme Leader Snoke's affections by Rey? And, no matter the answer, could he really find a kinship with Rey, considering she watched him kill his own father?
The most obvious question from the trailer is: What's going on with Crait? Sure, the chalk-white planet with red dust under the surface sure looks impressive onscreen, but why is the First Order there? Why are the Resistance? Is it as simple as the movie needing a dramatic set piece, and this setting fits the bill, or is there a narrative reason for this particular planet? The fact that Marvel is publishing a prologue comic to the movie that reveals that Luke and Leia had visited previously suggests that something is important about the planet. But … what?
Everything You Didn't See.
There's so much to dig into with the trailer that it's easy to forget what isn't shown. All of the movie's new characters — with the exception of the attention-grabbing Porg — are absent from this trailer. Where are Rose and Paige? Or Vice Admiral Holdo (Laura Dern), or DJ (Benicio Del Toro)? For that matter, is it a surprise that we haven't seen Canto Bight, the much-teased casino city, onscreen yet? Their absence in this trailer means that, as impressive as Star Wars: The Last Jedi already might seem, there's plenty of surprises left up its metaphorical sleeve.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens Dec. 15