Before I get into my reaction, I want to brag a bit by saying that this is the first blog ever written on Wookieepedia. I'm thrilled that the community took this step so those of us at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim can document their experience and gush about all of the awesome things they saw.
Now let's get right into the most awesome thing of all: the new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was revealed at a panel featuring The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams, as well as The Force Awakens producer and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. Also included in the panel were Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels, and the R2-D2 Builders Club, along with a legion of new stormtroopers from the First Order—the name of the Empire (or Imperial faction) in The Force Awakens.
If you haven't seen it (seriously?), here's the trailer:
So, like... that's amazing. I was in the arena when it was revealed and I've never seen anything quite like the sheer euphoria that ran over the entire crowd. It was there in some ways for the whole panel, especially when the actors came on stage, but once that trailer hit, there was nothing quite like it.
There are so many things that I loved about it. The original trilogy aesthetics were great. The music was phenomenal. We only briefly see Luke (the back of him, at least), but the trailer made effective use of dialogue about his family from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. We briefly glimpsed Princess Leia. The trailer, much like the first teaser, puts the focus on the new characters, particularly Rey, Finn, and Kylo Ren.
Then we get the really cool part—our first look at Harrison Ford as Han Solo, flanked by the mighty Chewbacca. With the words "Chewie... we're home," this trailer felt like a return to the great Star Wars trilogy that we all fell in love with. This isn't just another movie called Star Wars. This is Star Wars, and, based on this trailer, we're in for a treat.
Here's a glimpse at some of the awesome stuff in the trailer:
The one thing that I thought was somewhat somewhat jarring was that the cinematography is certainly a departure from the previous six films. Those films had their differences but there was a unifying style between them. The Force Awakens is very much a J.J. Abrams production. Between the super wide shots, the close ups and zooms, and more, we're in for a new kind of Star Wars. Which, as long as it's well-done, isn't a bad thing. This is Star Wars for a new generation.
What did you think of the trailer? Share your thoughts in the comments below!