It’s ALMOST time. I Am Ready to be swept away by The Force. ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens.’ Here are the last two trailers that are likely going to be released before it hits the big screen (in the US, at least) this Friday.
The reviews I’ve read have all been positive. This review gives the best summary of the plot, although all of them avoid spoiler territory.
The galaxy far, far away has taken a downturn since the Galactic Empire was defeated. The last three decades have not been kind to Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and Princess — now General — Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher). And with the First Order, a genocidal outfit that’s risen from the ashes of the Empire, there’s a military force that might even be worse than its predecessor.
Luke has gone missing, and his absence has let the First Order grow its power across the galaxy. The group’s attack legions are headed up by psychotic General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson) and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), a lightsaber-wielding hothead who makes it his mission to finish what Darth Vader started and wipe out all the Jedi.
While everybody is looking for Luke — the First Order wants to kill him, and the rebellious Resistance just wants to bring him home — three new heroes enter the fray.
Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) is Leia’s No. 1 pilot and his droid BB-8 has important intel in regard to Luke’s whereabouts. Finn (John Boyega) is a Stormtrooper who can’t kill on his first time out, and while helping new ally Poe out of a jam, he ends up on the desert planet Jakku. And Rey (Daisy Ridley) is a lonely Jakku scavenger who lives in the ruins of an AT-AT (those Imperial Walkers from TheEmpire Strikes Back) and trades junk for food.
Ridley brings a lot of pathos to Rey while also giving her a strong sense of naivete at first, which plays into her being the Luke of this new trilogy. (By the end of the movie, pretty much everybody is going to want a Rey action figure, guaranteed.)
The dynamic between her and Finn is something new for Star Wars, with her bright-eyed heroism complementing Boyega’s roguish wit. They wind up in the Millennium Falcon and run into its old owner Han Solo, beginning a sequence where secrets come alive and the kids get a sense of how epic their battle for survival really is.
Isaac is fantastic as flyboy Poe, who has a swagger reminiscent of Ford from the original films. Audiences will miss him when he’s not around. Just as good is Driver, who’s a different and more petulant take on the Vader villain template but finds a way to be even more menacing when he takes off his dented mask.
You can read the entire review at USA Today.
I Can Not Wait. I’m not sure a week has ever passed so slowly for me- LOL. Here are a couple of new trailers to tide you over until Friday, assuming you’ve bought your tickets already. If you haven’t, then you might have a bit of a longer wait ;).