We knew it was coming, but that still didn’t get us ready for what we saw. This morning was the beginning of Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California and it was kicked off in a galactic way. The first hour or so was spent with director J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, along with various cast members of The Force Awakens including Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac and veterans Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, and Peter Mayhew.
The newest members got to shed a little light on their characters and talk about how f-ing excited we should be to see this movie, while the vets got to talk about the feeling of returning to this beloved franchise. I’ll try my best to get as many images and tidbits on the panel, but that’ll have to be later because that is not what this post is about. To end the glorious panel this morning, Abrams and Kennedy released the second trailer for the long, long awaited movie. Spoiler alert: IT’S MIND-BLOWING.
Are you in tears yet? I’ll be honest, I got that sensational feeling of incredible joy that finished with tears trickling down my face as the final moments hit. We couldn’t have been given a more perfect trailer today. For the first time in a long time, I have absolutely no negatives or nit-picks towards a trailer, and it’s not just because it’s Star Wars. The tone, the scenes, the editing, it’s a freaking masterpiece. I’m of the majority that don’t really care for the prequels (actually enjoyed Revenge of the Sith) because they didn’t have that feeling that the Original Trilogy movies do. So for the first time in a really long time, I felt at home while watching something Star Wars. For the first time in many years, I have that feeling I did while watching the Original Trilogy movies for the first.
The trailer had many awesome things about it, but how freaking amazing was that very first shot of the crashed Star Destroyer? What a beautiful and iconic shot, a shot that set the tone for the next two minutes. Then it moved on to that great look at the battered and burnt Darth Vader helmet, SO good. There are just so many things to talk about! The moments with Rey and Finn, who both look like they can be absolutely fascinating characters to take over this franchise. Personally, I’m extremely excited to see the evolution of Daisy Ridley’s character Rey, as I am hoping and crossing my fingers that she becomes Luke’s prodigy and the future of the Jedi. From all the great looks, the incredible voice-over from Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker character, and all the awesome action sets, the real money shot, well shots, were the last two scenes. The Millennium Falcon being chased by TIE Fighters through that crashed Star Destroyer…HOW FREAKING COOL, that scene will play out BIG on the big screen for sure. And then that closing moment, Han and Chewie back and together again. With those great words from Han Solo, “Chewie, we’re home.” What a chilling way to end it, a moment that definitely kicked my tears in hyper-speed.
The first official teaser poster has been released as well:
December can’t get here and faster! From what I’ve heard, J.J. Abrams has done it, and we’re all in for something real special when the galaxy far, far away returns this Christmas.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in a galaxy near you December 18th, 2015. Directed by J.J. Abrams starring the originals Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher with Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, and Max von Sydow.