Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trailer Teases Luke As A Possible Villain
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(Last Updated On: April 14, 2017)

Disney released the newest trailer for Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, featuring some teaser footage that actually makes the movie look a heck of a lot better than whatever Episode VII: The Force Awakens was supposed to be.

The trailer follows Rey in her training with Luke, and she begins to tap into the force and see some things that reveal some more things. We don’t really know what these things are, but it appears Kylo is still trying to find his inner badass, and it looks like Leia and the rest of the Rebel Alliance are pushing forward with wiping out the remnants of the Empire.

Meanwhile Poe is in a Rebel base that gets decimated. Finn is in an ICU. And Luke tells Rey that he thinks it’s time for the Jedi to end. You can check out the trailer below courtesy of Movieclip Trailers.

John Williams’ score is what really brings this whole trailer to life. I wasn’t a big fan of J.J. Abrams’ take on the Star Wars cinematic universe, but John Williams’ score was easily the best part about the whole thing. It sounds like he’s actually producing some of his best work in recent years, even while it’s being attached to less-than-stellar films.

Regardless, the music really helps bring it all together and actually make the film look a lot more compelling than it’ll actually end up being. However, I think it’s the mystery of the trailer that really sells the concept.

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Is Luke really a villain here? It’s really hard to tell if he swerves on Rey, or maybe he’s just a galaxy-weary adventurer who has given up due to all the fighting and death that has spawned from the millennia-old conflict between the Sith and Jedi? Is it perhaps a sign that Luke feels without the Jedi the Sith would no longer be in power? The last point seems like an implausible direction to take with the character given that the whole trilogy starting with Episode IV was due to the fact that the Jedi had been wiped out and the Empire had practically gained control of the whole galaxy.

Anyway, the questions drive the interest, and hopefully they can churn out a better film with Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi than what they did with the Mary Sue fan-fiction of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is due for release in theaters this December.


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  • AlecJ

    My take on the statement by Luke about ending the Jedi—

    I think he has found old documents that prove the Jedi were wrong about their teachings.

    After his failure with his Jedi school, Luke sought out answers to why the Jedi are seemingly always undone by huge falls to the dark side. His father, then his nephew….

    He finds those answers in ancient Jedi writings that prove everything he has been taught to be wrong. Whether it was lost through time and misunderstanding or purposeful corruption, the ways of the modern Jedi Order are untenable.

    Luke learns that the false choice between pure light side and pure dark side are both a road to ruin. So he has chosen a new path, one of moderation and acceptance of balance.

    This new way must necessarily eschew the entire methodology of the Jedi, so in Luke’s mind, he must be the last Jedi. The only way for Rey to succeed is to follow this new path, not of Jedi, not of Sith, but of

    #balance.

    Balance is the watchword.

    Anyway, thats my lack of sleep, + too many times watching the trailer + pathetic fanboyism, theory. It could be total bunk and 180 degrees off, but its what popped into my head.

    • That’s actually a really good theory.

      What’s sad is that the fan theories are likely going to be more complex and a lot better than what we end up with in the movie.

  • daniel_ream

    John Williams’ score was easily the best part about the whole thing.

    Being an old fart, I’ve been introducing some millennial friends of mine to classic pulp/SF/fantasy films from the 80s.

    Increasingly, the only thing about them that stands up is the John Williams soundtracks.

    • Increasingly, the only thing about them that stands up is the John Williams soundtracks.

      For the most part yeah. I am surprised that films like Silent Running still have some fairly good special effects for its time, along with Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. The set designs in that film were insane.

      But yeah… Williams’ soundtracks are freaking timeless. There’s still no super hero theme that comes remotely close to the inspiration and hope evoked from his Superman March.

      • daniel_ream

        To some extent that’s part of a larger problem of film scoring today. There’s a lot of boring inside baseball about why, but try this little thought experiment. Quick! Hum the Superman theme! Easy, right? Now the Star Wars theme! Okay, Now the Indiana Jones march!

        Got them all, right?

        Now.

        Without looking it up on YouTube, hum the Avengers theme. No? Iron Man, then.

        No? Okay, the first Spider-Man movie? No, no, no, that’s the old TV show, I meant the movie.

        Thor? The latest Bond film? The Fast and the Furious?

        See what I mean? Hollywood doesn’t actually do iconic themes any more, and I think the movies are suffering for it.

        • Precisely.

          Hans Zimmer even said he didn’t want people to hum the Batman or Superman themes for the Dark Knight or Man of Steel. I love Hans Zimmer’s music but that’s an out and out bullcrap statement for him to make.

          In my mind, a good heroic theme song helps sell the idea, accomplishments, and even inner turmoil/struggles/hope/strength of that character. John Williams’ theme spoke more about the complexities of Superman than two and a half hours of Zack Snyder’s brooding, colorless action flick.

          Theme songs really do play a big role in making a film memorable. Heck during a spell, a whole bunch of players in APB Reloaded had The Walking Dead theme song for their victory theme.

          Even video games are suffering from that Hollywood effect as well. It’s hard to think of a big AAA game with a memorable theme song these days, outside of Nintendo’s stuff of course.

          • daniel_ream

            John Williams’ theme spoke more about the complexities of Superman than two and a half hours of Zack Snyder’s brooding, colorless action flick.

            I think you might like this then.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Y24MosIL3Q

          • Wow perfect.

            Brings back some good memories; definitely warms the soul. Thanks for that.

  • Gorgon

    I don’t see how you would come to a conclusion that Luke is a villain from the trailer. Seems like just salty old Jedi master, like Yoda in ESB. He’ll decline to train Rey at first, but then reconsider.

    I mean, I hope it won’t be that formulaic and close to Episode V, but that is what I expect to happen there.

    • I don’t see how you would come to a conclusion that Luke is a villain from the trailer.

      Well, he seems to say the line while ominous images of destruction are being shown, and his back is to Rey while in the little cavern.

      I suspect that he probably tried to train Kylo Ren and Ren turned out bad, so he doesn’t want to train anyone else. But what if he goes a step further and tries to stop/kill Rey in the process so she doesn’t become like Kypolar Ren?

      • Mr.Towel

        Shit, we’re getting anoter “you were supposed to be the one” lava rivers scene again? With Kylo turning into a burnt burger this time.

        I’m sniffing some prequels.

  • Salt Miner

    “The trailer follows Rey in her training with Luke, and she begins to tap into the force and see some things that reveal some more things.”

    Why does Rey even need training? J.J. Abrams practically made her a Mary Sue character in TFA. The “I don’t need no help, I don’t no need no man” kind of bitchy vibe she gives off throughout the film.

    • Why does Rey even need training? J.J. Abrams practically made her a Mary Sue character in TFA.

      One of two things
      1) They want her to get really strong so she can one-shot Snoke.
      2) She’s the real villain

      • Salt Miner

        The 2nd option would actually make more sense as a plot twist in episode 8 compared to TFA. I wouldn’t be surprised if they made a sequel after episode 8. Stars Wars episode IX: The Feminazi Awakens.

  • SevTheBear

    I just hope the actor who plays Rey does a better job this time and doesn’t make faces that looks like she got a pole up her ass