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.
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.