Adam has watched the new teaser trailer for Star Wars Episode VII, but he's not overly excited.
OK, so I've literally just watched the new teaser for Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, and I'm disappointed.
If you're yet to watch the actual trailer, what're you doing here? Go and watch it here, then come back and join me.
I'm a big Star Wars fan. Not so big that my wallpaper, carpets, bed sheets, and curtains are plastered with Star Wars images, but big enough to hold the original movies within a special place in my childhood memories. I get giddy when I see the movies are on TV, and have to watch them. It's that feeling they bring of being a kid again, sat watching the adventures of Luke, Han, Chewie, Leia, C-3PO, and R2-D2 with great awe and anticipation. Everyone loves that feeling, right?
So, why am I disappointed with Episode VII's trailer? Well, I'm asking myself the same question. Let's look at the trailer and try to figure out why it didn't really do much for me.
The first thing I can think of is hype and expectation; my own, of course. I want this movie to be good, I want it to capture at least a little magic of the originals, and what made them so great. So perhaps I built it all up in my mind too much? And I'm the cause of my own disappointment?
We're first shown what I expect is Tatooine, John Boyega dressed as a stormtrooper, and a droid that looks like it's half R2 unit, half football. A voice also talks about an awakening. All of these things should have evoked some kind of positive reaction from me. But, nothing...
Stormtoopers! A flash of their newly designed helmets are shown, along with them being deployed from a ship by the look of it. This didn't even get a spine tingle from me. I am happy though, the new helmet designs the leaks teased us with months ago appear to be legit. That's a plus.
Now enters Duplo lady - Daisy Ridley, it looks like. We've just been discussing the trailer here at HITC, and some of us like it, and others have concerns. We've likened the 'speeder bike', that Ridley was riding on, to a Duplo brick. Or maybe it's a giant USB stick? I'm not sure. If you're wanting some kind of Star Wars reference, perhaps it looks like one of the engines from a Podracer. There, you happy?
The appearance of the X-Wings over the water, whilst incredibly cool, still didn't even coax a sound out of me. And then the Sith with his red lightsaber, nope, nothing. Also, I don't know why a lightsaber would need two small welding torches on the hilt, but I guess if a Sith needs to weld, a Sith needs to weld.
The 1:00 minute mark. That's where it got me. The music really kicks in, we see the Millenium Falcon soaring through the sky, skimming the sand dunes, and avoiding fire from two Tie Fighters. That's the only part of the trailer that gave me goosebumps, and got me truly excited. But then I ask, is it only the similar elements I've seen in the originals that are going to appeal to me in this movie? I hope not.
You can tell by my slight mockery of the trailer's contents that I'm not overly serious about it now. But if the trailer had really hit me with that feeling of excitement, I'd be defending football droid and Duplo lady til the end of time. Maybe they're saving all the good bits for the movie? You know, most trailers these days seem to show off all the best parts, and then you go to the cinema and notice it actually showed off the end! Maybe they're doing the reverse here - all the 'OK' parts are shown, and when you go to see the movie you're blown away? Yes, I'm still hopeful, but only a little.
I think it's the overall tone of the trailer, the images used, the narrative; I can't quite put my finger on it, but it just didn't resonate with me. And I so wanted it to.
My hope is, still, that Episode VII will bring back those nostalgic feelings I have when I watch the originals, but continue the story in a new way that's actually compelling. When the prequels were released I had high hopes for them too, like many die-hard fans did. But they were a let down, ultimately, for me. I mean, come on, Jar Jar Binks? Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith was the best of the three, mainly because of its darker tone, but I still don't even really think about the prequels when Star Wars is mentioned.
Maybe I'm just getting old before my time, and I'm becoming a miserable pessimist? That may be it. But when I watch a trailer for a movie I'm looking forward to, or maybe a movie I know nothing of, my expectation is for it to evoke a positive reaction, ideally one of an urge for more of what I just watched. Especially when it's Star Wars.
Matt has weighed in on the trailer too, but his thoughts are a little more positive than mine, check it out.