After months of waiting, the final trailer for The Last Jedi dropped last night during the halftime of ESPN’s Monday Night Football. There was a lot I wanted from this trailer before I saw it; I wanted to hear lines from Luke, more about the worlds we would explore, and how Rey’s training would affect her. Without further ado, here is the video for the final trailer.
Picking up where we left off in The Force Awakens, Rey (Daisy Ridley) continues to take steps into a larger world as she seeks an isolated Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) while Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and the First Order regroup after their defeat in this next chapter of the saga.
Director Rian Johnson has obviously taken this franchise into a new direction. While there are echoes of the Empire Strikes Back, it’s obvious that this film will be the darkest we’ve seen this saga go into. We finally hear lines from Luke Skywalker as he reluctantly takes the former scavenger under his wing, but he’s filled with fear as he sees her raw, untamed power. It’s obvious that when he found the same power in Kylo and saw what it can do, it scares him.
We get a look into Kylo Ren rebounding with anger and getting into his new TIE Silencer, giving us a glimpse of the epic space battles we have come to know and love about this universe. The conflict in the young Dark Jedi is apparent when he seemingly has to decide on killing his own mother, General Leia (Carrie Fisher, in her final film performance). Chewbacca and new creatures also appear. Not one to be left out, Finn (John Boyega) gets into action as he faces his former Stormtrooper commander, Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie).
It’s obvious that the First Order is returning in full force and with vengeance as there doesn’t appear to be much hope for the Resistance and from Luke’s resistance in training Rey to control her abilities. But, if the once great Jedi Master can not help Rey, who will? Possibly Kylo Ren himself? (The end of the preview definitely lays that thought into the minds of fans. We’re definitely asking more questions than answers from this trailer.
Go on, watch it more than once and try to analyze this trailer. I’ve done it enough and, seriously, we still have two months to think about this trailer.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi blasts into theaters on December 15.