The long-awaited Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer stuns? Disappoints?
So the Star Wars: The Force Awakens poster was a bit of a Photoshop disappointment, the same boring crap every tentpole movie gets these days. Remember when posters were genuine works of art? Remember when studios trusted audiences to know what actors’ faces look like? Also, remember when Luke Skywalker was supposed to be in this thing? (And, incidentally, is that Mogo the Green Lantern in the upper right-hand corner portraying the Starkiller base, the bigger, badder, unimaginative Death Star 3.0?)
Anyway, now the full and final trailer has dropped on our heads. The one we got earlier this year hit all the right nostalgia buttons while giving us glimpses of the fresh faces that will move the new Disney saga forward. This one? It does a nice job, more Daisy Ridley-centric than one might expect. Some thoughts: People have forgotten what Jedi are/were? Hyperspace appears to be getting an updated look, much like the AbramsTrek warp. How many times will a distressed John Boyega take off his Stormtrooper helmet in this thing? Kylo Ren looks like an armored armadillo to me. (Redundant?) Han Solo — it seemed like we’d never see him again, but it’s for real. And no soporific scenes in a Galactic Senate!
But most alarming: still no Mark Hamill. I fear one of the more distressing rumors in the run-up is correct, despite his second billing on the poster. I swear, if I don’t get to hear Han call the Tatooine farmboy “kid” one last time — with all the old man irony that would entail — I’ll throw my theater seat through the screen. And this is likely our last chance.