Well the first Official Teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens has dropped, and I’ve watched it a dozen times or so. So here are some quick observations:
1. LOVED, LOVED, LOVED the shot of the X-Wings skimming over the water, looked fantastic, and suitably epic!
2. Nice to see the Falcon again, not necessarily sure I’m a big fan of that particular shot. A little too much shaky cam for my taste.
3. Speaking of shaky cam, just looking at the Stormtrooper landing sequence it is VERY evident this is a J.J. Abrams film, and will look very modern compared to the other six films. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing as fans need to remember these films are being made for a younger audience and there are certain expectations they have. Abrams like to use shaky cam to give the audience a “you are there” feel. I’m sure he will dial it back compared to Mission Impossible III, but he’s not going to change the way he makes films.
4. Bad guy’s lighsaber… jury is still out for me. I’m not sure if I’m a big fan of cross guards on the hilt of the lightsaber blades as they seem unwieldy, but it is growing on me.
5. Rollerball R2 unit. I suspect older fans who hate “cute” elements in their Star Wars are going to hate this character.
6. John Boyega OWNS the screen in the few seconds he appears. I definitely wanted to know more about him.
Overall it’s a solid teaser, but I was left a little underwhelmed. Compared to the Episode I & III teasers it was lacking. The Episode II “Breathing” teaser was outstanding, and Empire’s teaser had me going back to the theater again, and again.
One of my biggest takeaways from this teaser is that J.J. is desperately trying to surround this film with an air of mystery, but this trailer comes across as less of a mystery and more like a series of random shots strung together that tell us little. The great thing about the teasers for the Prequels is that they hinted at just enough of a story to give the audience a tease of the upcoming adventure, but still managed to shroud it in mystery. J.J.’s Mystery Box can be frustrating at times.
On the other hand, I do appreciate the fact that J.J. avoided turning the teaser into a nostalgia fest, and instead of dwelling on the past chose to introduced the new characters that will propel the Saga going forward.