The Full-Length Rise of Skywalker Trailer is Here!
A defining period for Lucasfilm has kicked off with the release of the full-length trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The trailer launched overnight here in the UK and as of this post has already been viewed 2.1M times (including 2 views by yours truly).
Is it exciting? That’s hardly the word I would use. And that in itself is definitely a change from the last time we were in this position with Revenge of the Sith…
In 2005, we knew we were getting no more Star Wars. Revenge of the Sith marked the closing of the loop, the end of the saga, and as one of the best films in the series, it was even something of a payoff for fans after The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones.
Today Lucasfilm is in a very different situation. The Rise of Skywalker is supposedly both the end of the saga and the springboard for new interest in the franchise; after all, Disney has a new streaming service to launch. But there’s no denying that JJ Abrams is in a trickier position than George Lucas ever found himself in.
As both the direct sequel to The Last Jedi, a film that seemed to delight in cutting every story trail dead, and also as the forced re-wrap of the entire Skywalker/Palpatine saga, Abrams’ film needs to contort itself just to exist. Adding to the challenge it’s also the first new Star Wars film since Solo “failed to meet expectations” at the box office.
It’s for these reasons that The Rise of Skywalker will be both a yardstick for where we are now and an indicator of the future of Star Wars media as a whole.
The reaction will be fascinating, and not least because it will be Lucasfilm’s first opportunity to show the world whether they’ve learned anything from the PR disaster of The Last Jedi.
With Disney seemingly taking a more understanding stance towards fans’ critiques of their films, the media has also softened – meaning that (hopefully) we should be able to have an honest response to the film without being called nasty names by short-sighted sycophants.
There’s no point getting hyped about the film – after all, The Force Awakens was marketed as if it would treat the franchise with respect and The Last Jedi was marketed like a coherent story. All we can do is look at the pretty pictures, listen to the overblown soundtrack and form absolutely no assumptions because we all know that having any narrative expectations for a story set in a pre-defined universe with established and well-loved characters makes one a sexist, misogynist Russian bot.
Glad we cleared that one up.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is out on December 20th 2019.