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Official Rogue One Trailer 2…The Resisting!

Hello fellow Bleary-Eyed Friends!

It’s been a long time since your Uncle Darkmovienight had anything of substance to say, but waking up this morning to a brand new Rogue One: A Star Wars Story trailer was just the kick in the pants this old reviewer needed to get out of bed, grab some coffee, oatmeal, and laptop and toss out a few hundred words!

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Although to be honest, I didn’t really wake up or get out of bed, it was more like I tried to use The Force to get my laptop until I had to go over and bring it back to bed with me…

So in this new and beautiful trailer, we’re treated to a little more of Jyn Erso and her rousing speeches, which will surely inspire the tiny Rebellion to take on the massive Empire in all out war.  We also get a look at how the brilliant Mads Mikkelsen is involved in this prequel to the original Star Wars: A New Hope.

"Oh no, hesa said the P-word!"
“Oh no, hesa said the P-word!”

Just tiny bits of musing from the trailer:

  • They said the name of the movie in the trailer!  You know it’s going to be quality when that happens.
  • Gotta love the menacing walk of Darth Vader to the nameless White Shirt.  Will always admit, Vader walking full speed at anyone is just terrifying.
  • Also, speaking of Vader, watching the character of Director Orson Krennic, portrayed by the talented Ben Mendelsohn, seemingly pleading and yelling at the Dark Lord of the Sith shows how passionate he is about this “technological terror”.  Makes me wonder where he is when Tarkin is talking about it in A New Hope.
  • The money shot of the trailer is really the hazy view we get of the completed Death Star rising above the clouds (it’s around the 1 minute mark if you want to see what I’m talking about, but it’s not like you’re going to watch the trailer multiple times or anything…

So there we have it, another fantastic trailer in the books from the House of Mouse and Lucasfilm.  From all the hubbub about re-shoots and changing composers, I believe everyone needs to temper their expectations just a bit.  I don’t think it’ll be a train-wreck, but I also don’t think it’s going to be anywhere near what J.J. Abrams accomplished with Episode VII.  Remember, we’re watching a film directed by the young Gareth Edwards who only has 7 film credits to his name thus far, so we’ll see what he can do.

But if you’re like me, your butt is going to be firmly planted in a seat when Rogue One: A Star Wars Story releases on December 16th.

-Darkmovienight

PS- Need to apologize to all those that suckle at the breast of I Watch Too Many Movie‘s reviews.  We’ve done a terrible job at keeping you up to date with the film world.

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Just realized we haven’t had a Monday Morning Shower Report on the Box Office since JULY! You’ve gotta be pretty gross by now…

Although I also blame Hollywood since there really hasn’t been a film of note since Suicide Squad, and when that’s the benchmark, we all know this has been a lousy year of movie-going.  But we’ll try to do our best to update things more and get everyone involved again, especially with a Holiday Season packed with a new Marvel film, some movie about talking to aliens, a new Harry Potter film, new animated Ethnic Disney Princess film, one based on a Video Game Series, and even a film featuring the voice of Liam Neeson!  So we’ll keep you up to date and these films plus more reviewed in the next few months.

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Teaser Trailer or Music Really Does Give You Goosebumps

“This is a rebellion, isn’t it? I rebel.”

After months and well over a year of anticipation, the first trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is here and the above line of dialog sets the tone for the movie itself.

After last year’s unbelievable success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, many of us didn’t know where the franchise could take us next or even have a reasonable follow-up until Episode VIII.  This morning, Disney answered our queries with a trailer for the prequel to A New Hope.

And no, I don't think this is what they had in mind for a prequel. Unless there is a funeral scene...that would be funny.
And no, I don’t think this is what they had in mind for a prequel. Unless there is a funeral scene…that would be worth watching.

Rogue One is the first of many canonical movie tie-ins that Disney has dubbed “Star Wars Stories“.  I’m fairly certain they had that already and it was called the Expanded Universe, but those ass-clowns went ahead an tossed that all out.  I’m not bitter at all.

This is the story of Jyn Erso (portrayed by the English actress Felicity Jones).  You might have seen her in the Stephen Hawking documentary film The Theory of Everything.  Other than being an excellent Mrs. Hawking, Miss Jones has mainly done things across the pond.

Sadly not in this across the pond show
Sadly not in this across the pond show…

Jyn Erso seems to be a likable criminal.  And what do likable criminals do best in film?  Steal stuff!  And like every good heist film, the stakes have to be unimaginably high.  In this case, we already know what she’s looking for: the plans for the Death Star.  This is a heavy subject and one quest fans have been wanting to see for a long time.

I can be relatively sure that no one asked for this...
I can be relatively sure that no one asked for this…

Under the hood of this film are some interesting choices for director- Gareth Edwards, best known for the low budget film Monsters (2010) and rebooting the Godzilla (2014) franchise.  I’m completely down with someone new and fresh getting the reins of a Star Wars film, I just don’t know what Disney realize he was the man for the job while watching giant kaiju destroy cities.

"Well, it's gotta be better than this guy. Bring on the Godzilla guy."
“Well, it’s gotta be better than this guy. Bring in the Godzilla guy.”

Also of interest is bringing on a giant in the world of visual effects, John Knoll as a writer.  Knoll has been the Visual Effects Supervisor for amazingly gorgeous films like Pacific Rim, Avatar, and even Star Trek: First Contact.  He also worked on the Prequel Trilogy, but those films still looked good at least.  I wonder how his talents will be utilized as a writer.  Will it be more ambitious or will he have written much more manageable effects?  We’ll see.

There is a wild card in the cast.  Not only do we have Hoban Washburne or “Wash” (Alan Tudyk) and King of Important Plot Development- Forest Whitaker, but we have one of the most mysterious men in cinema: Mads Mikkelsen.  After facing off with Daniel Craig’s James Bond in Casino Royale, he decided to face off against Laurence Fishburne in the critically acclaimed, and down right disturbing, TV show Hannibal.

Please tell me that's Bantha meat. Image and worthwile article curtosy of Vulture
Please tell me that’s Bantha meat. Image and worthwhile article courtesy of Vulture

Seriously, I don’t know who he’s playing, and frankly, I just don’t want to think of him at all.  It’s safer that way.

Oh god it just got worse...
Oh god it just got worse…

Finally, we have the music.  Taking over for John Williams this time is Alexandre Desplat, the composer from the Harry Potter films, to Argo and Zero Dark Thirty.  He also worked with Edwards on 2014’s Godzilla, so it seems the two kept each other’s business cards at least.

What I have to point out is that the iconic works from A New Hope take on such a brilliant and beautiful life here that it instantly breathes that “Star Wars Feeling” into your earholes.  And of course Desplat’s own take of the Imperial March sounds absolutely haunting.  I didn’t even think that was possible.  Also, what’s up with movie trailers using piano to pay homage to the original score?

The rest of the trailer keeps some beautiful sights, combat, and all out war in the open and in the trenches for everyone to see and it’s really something.  Now I’m not shaking with excitement like I did with 2014’s The Force Awakens teaser, but I am really interested in Disney’s “Star Wars Stories” films.  Could be shameless money grab, or allowing more of the Galaxy Far Far Away to showcase more than just Jedi…

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters December 18th and remember, when they debut the actual trailer for this one in September/October- BUY YOUR TICKETS THEN.

-Darkmovienight