Star Wars – Why should we care?
2019 has a few months left and thus far has proven itself to be one of Disney’s biggest years. Having made billions of dollars from movies like Avengers: Endgame, Toy Story 4, and Aladdin, buying 20th Century Fox and thus gaining the rights to X-Men and Fantastic Four, and opening their Star Wars themed areas in both California and Florida, it’s impossible not to see this company as one of the most successful of all time.
Even with a few setbacks like the failed deal with Sony over Spider-Man, the House of Mouse thrives. But the biggest thing that Disney still has to deal with is whether they can finish telling the story of a legacy that began in 1977.
The new trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has shown just how important and epic the story will be. Before it showed any new footage from the actual film, the preview shows small clips from the previous entries of the Skywalker saga with Luke’s voiceover assuring that the legacy and history of the Jedi will still live on.
It then shows us quick glimpses of the new entry with Ray, Finn, and the others walking into a village, a brief shot of Leia probably in a deleted scene from Force Awakens reused after Carrie Fisher’s death, a whole armada of Star Destroyers, C-3PO with red eyes, a giant laser shot to the ground, Rey flinging her lightsaber around trees, a fight between Rey and Kylo Ren on top of a structure surrounded by water, and the biggest surprise of all being Rey wielding a double bladed lightsaber and wearing a dark cloak.
The last few clips are, much like the beginning, joined by voiceover by Darth Sidious, the Emperor of the Original Trilogy, saying that a certain journey is ending and a small bit of the Darth Vader breathing sound.
This trailer is epic and hopefully that will be true of the film itself once it comes out in December. While I did like Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, at first I felt they were trying too hard to be exactly like the Original Trilogy, but I realized it was necessary as the whole point of the Trilogy films is to tell the Skywalker saga. The Originals introduced it, the Prequels expanded the story, and the Sequels finish it. So while they are too similar, the way the Sequels have done it is by signifying an end.
Epic Storytelling Ahead
The trailer really emphasizes this through not only Luke and Palpatines voiceover, but also through the immense battles it foreshadows and the acknowledging of the past films which can only mean that the stories those movies told is ending. But the trailer telling us that the Skywalker saga is concluding isn’t the most important and shocking aspect. That of course is Ray possibly turning to the Dark Side, whether or not it’s real or a misdirection.
It’s mostly due to the fact that we still don’t know a lot about her past and where she comes from. Especially since it’s hinted that the Emperor may be alive and has some connections with Ray.
Whether the actual film will answer any remaining questions, like who was Snoke, the trailer really hypes up this entry. Being both epic and filled with finality, thus far the trailer for Rise of Skywalker is the greatest thing to come out of the film. We will have to wait until the 20th of December to see if all that rings true and J.J. Abrams completes what George Lucas started 42 years ago.