Disney has let loose the second trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi and people are losing their minds. Us included.
The question remains: Will it be any good?
The film is the second of the current trilogy that picks up years after the death of Emperor Palpatine and the fall of the Empire that closes Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. The first film, The Force Awakens, was directed by J.J Abrams and was a global success raking in over 2 billion dollars in revenue. It was well-received by fans and critics.
Abrams was a safe bet for Kathleen Kennedy, President of Lucasfilm, and knew that Abrams was the best Director to reboot the franchise. Many would agree that Star Wars visionary George Lucas “ruined” the franchise with the prequel trilogy. Much of that criticism stemming from the existence of Jar Jar Binks.
J.J Abrams has been widely successful, having created television phenomenon Lost, directed a standout sequel in Tom Cruise’s Mission Impossible franchise, and of course, rebooting Star Trek for a new generation. Abrams’ portfolio is chocked full of critical and financial hits. The biggest one? Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Now enter Rian Johnson, the director of the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi. He isn’t quite a household name yet but if the film is any good, he will be. Johnson’s Hollywood career began with a high school noirish mystery titled Brick starring Joseph Gordon Levitt. The film garnered critical acclaim and became a cult hit.
Years later, Johnson would write and direct Looper also starring Levitt but with a cast that included Bruce Willis, Jeff Daniels, and Emily Blunt. The film was a fresh and thrilling take on the time travel trope and was also a critical and financial hit.
Johnson’s best work wasn’t on television at all. The director took on the task of directing the best episode of the hit AMC show Breaking Bad titled Ozymandias. The hour-long episode is a tout, nail-biting tragedy that unfolds over the course of 45 minutes. It will leave you gasping for air. This was the last major project Johnson directed before he was chosen to direct Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Rumour has it that Kathleen Kennedy was interested in him for The Force Awakens but for whatever reason, it didn’t work out.
The latest Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer shows us one thing in particular: Conflict. A conflict between The First Order (the mutated remnants of the fallen Empire) and The Resistance (the old Rebellion rebranded). There’s also inner conflict. The old Star Wars trilogy centered around Luke Skywalker’s inner struggle between the light side of the force and the dark side. A decision that could either save or destroy what’s left of the galaxy.
While it’s too early to tell what the actual plot of The Last Jedi is, we do know that we’ll witness the demise of General Leia Organa due to the recent passing of Carrie Fisher. It also seems like Star Wars will mirror Luke’s inner conflict in Rey’s journey to becoming a Jedi. Will she be tempted by the dark side? The final seconds of the trailer don’t seem hopeful.