WARNING: Probably too long and detailed for a trailer breakdown. However, if you enjoy the genre, you'll enjoy the blog.
What a time to be a movie fan! We are in the middle of a highly impressive revival of one of the most iconic and loved franchises in entertainment history. Thanks to Disney and Lucas Films we will have a Star Wars flick every single year for the foreseeable future. JJ Abrams led the way with Episode VII: The Force Awakens and kick started the newest trilogy, taking place nineteen years after the events at the second Death Star in Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. Between the trilogy installments, we will be treated to a different type of Star Wars movie. A Star Wars 'Story', so to speak. Rogue One is the first of these films. Stand alone stories taking place at different times during the events of the original six movies. For those who don't know, Rogue One takes place immediately before Episode IV: A New Hope. The plot follows a group of rebels tasked with stealing the plans to the original Death Star. (Spoiler Alert! There's a pretty serious weakness just the size of a womp rat.) Onto the trailer!!
Disney and Lucas Film had my money already. My butt was in the seat. The cast alone is worth your time and money. The movie features: a new English heroine, TV Hannibal Lecter, not yet a crack head Nasir Khan, Coach Taylor's trouble making older brother, and The Last King of overacting. Plus the voice of MUFASA! (I apologize. I know that's an exhausting way to read a cast list.) I was seeing this movie no matter what this trailer, or the two before it, looked like. But, oh baby they really ramped up the excitement with this one!
The trailer opens on a vast sky with planetary rings visible in the background. We're shown a few snippets of a flashback, with a young Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) and her father Galen Erso (Mads Mickelson). Jyn's father explains that anything he does is for her. Immediately after, we're treated to a bad ass image of Galen being approached by Director Orson Krennic with a squad of Death Troopers. These are NOT your father's Storm Troopers. Death Troopers aren't likely to run into walls or crash their speeders into trees.
Flash forward to Jyn Erso being broken out of an imperial holding cell by a group of rebels and taken to a sweeping desert planet. Because, all Star Wars heroes are from sweeping desert planets, with or without two suns. This is where we get some juicy plot details that weren't revealed anywhere before this trailer. Mon Mothma (Genevieve O'Reilly) tells Jyn that her father is believed to be "critical to the development of a super weapon". Uhhhhh that's the DEATH STAR, you guys! If we're to believe what Galen Erso told his daughter at the start of the trailer, then he did not aid in the design of this 'Super Weapon' willingly. The rag-tag-buncha-misfit rebels set out to find Jyn's father and help him/get the Death Star plans. It looks like the quest for Galen Erso will be a considerable plot point in the movie.
The remainder of the trailer is beautifully put together. Clips from magnificent battle sequences, sprawling galactic landscapes, Darth Vader cameos, a clapperboard, Death Star fly-by's, and some truly inspiring one liners. The best of which, in my opinion, is "we have hope...rebellions are built on hope." That line is so good, it makes Jedi Li make this face.......
This trailer gives even more promise to a movie that was already full of promise. Lastly, Jimmy Smits is back as Bail Organa, Princess Leia's adoptive father. That means we might get to see what Alderaan was like. You know.....before the entire planet was blown up.