Watch the ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Trailer Folks Are Mad About

star_wars-force_awakens_coverA full trailer for the next Star Wars film dropped this week, boosting ratings for Monday Night Football when it premiered at halftime. And when the tickets pre-sale opened, rabid fans crashed the Fandango and AMC websites from the influx of traffic. This might seem like unwarranted hysteria, but judging by the trailer, it all makes sense.

Opening in theaters on December 18, 2015, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi. The trailer opens rather ominously with the question “Who are you?”, and the answer from new addition Rey (played by Daisy Ridley) is “I’m no one.” These simple words convey so much of what Star Wars is about, those that seemingly have little or no worth possessing the power to transform a galaxy. That was what Luke Skywalker did in the original trilogy, and old favorites Luke, Han, Leia, and Chewbacca are back to seemingly pass the torch to a set of new heroes.

The trailer is carried by that triumphant Star Wars theme, somehow given even more depth in this orchestral score. We hear the voices of nearly every prominent character in the film, but most curious is what we don’t see or hear. Aside from a “blink and you missed” it reach out to R2-D2 there is no Luke Skywalker. After the events of Return of the Jedi, you’d think the evil Empire would be out of power, but that doesn’t seem to be the case either. Instead, we have Princess Leia in tears, scores of Imperial fleets and troops, and enough high speed dogfights to know that, even 30 years later, the war rages on.

The biggest bomb of all is dropped by none other than Han Solo himself.

“It’s true, all of it. The Dark Side, the Jedi, they’re real.”

So the Jedi and the Force have been forgotten, reduced to fairytales? How does that happen? That tidbit alone is a sign that this film looks to be a storytelling masterpiece.

Feedback from the trailer has been swift and mostly positive. However, a sizeable enough contingent of racist White folks have already started a #BoycottStarWarsVII hash tag in protest of Black Jedi Finn, played by Attack The Block star John Boyega. The stupidity of this isn’t lost on me, especially since there is really only a small minority presence in this film and Black actors aren’t anything new to Star Wars movies, but I did get a bit of satisfaction from the closing shot of him wielding a lightsaber and preparing for battle. It’s like the studio wanted to send these ignorant bigots a clear message. I hope it was received.

In all, this Star Wars nerd can’t wait to behold the glory of this new enterprise. As far as I’m concerned, it’s long overdue.


Stream the trailer below!


Directed by J.J. Abrams, the highly-anticipated movie stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Max Von Sydow. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk are producing with Tommy Harper and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers. The screenplay is by Lawrence Kasdan & J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be followed on December 16, 2016 by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Star Wars: Episode VIII on May 26, 2017, and the Han Solo anthology movie on May 25, 2018. No release dates have been announced for Star Wars: Episode IX or for the third anthology movie. It was recently confirmed, however, that Jurassic World‘s Colin Trevorrow will be helming the third Saga chapter.

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Daren W. Jackson

Daren is one half of the Water Cooler Convos team. He's a writer, music connoisseur, and comic book geek who spends his free time working on his novel and other short stories.

7 Responses

  1. Sarah says:

    Comedian Donald Glover was nominated for Spider Man a while back….I think he’d be great. He’s great in his show and come on, as long as he’s good, but in his show he mentioned that some people were upset that there’d be a black Spider-Man. Honestly when I see Spiderman I think his costume is how he looks 24/7, so there’s that problem sorted for me (if it were Donald, maybe he’d be a cool, nice, funny Spider-Man). Though while the subject has been brought up….Hollywood seems to whitewash a lot. Do the people who say things like “why is there a black actor?” only have one type of friend, or what?

  2. D Jackson says:

    I’d definitely recommend this movie to break your movie hiatus. The rumor is that it will be pretty long (over 2 hours), but a least from the trailers, it looks to be beautifully shot and well put together.

    I think the subject of changing the race of characters is an interesting one. In the case of Star Wars, these are completely new characters, not ones that already existed but were changed. The same thing goes for the Spiderman reference you made. There were rumblings of a black Spiderman film, but that depiction was to be of an actual black Spiderman that exists in the comics (not the classic Peter Parker version). On the other end, there are Hollywood films that are taking actual minority characters and casting them with stark white people. In the face of all that, I think it is funny that anyone gets so upset whenever a minority character/actor gets just a bit of the spotlight.

  3. Sarah says:

    There haven’t been many movies out I’ve been interested in seeing so I hope I can go out and see this movie soon. I also don’t watch cartoons much anymore so I think ill check out the Marvel cartoon. I looked it up after reading your response and saw Donald Glover actually is voicing a version of Spiderman in an alternate universe and that was cool to hear.
    It makes me worried when minorities are the bad guy for no obvious other reason, because only the white guy is supposed to be the hero, as if that’s supposed to be the absolute norm. That might be connected to the “damsel in distress” era but hopefully those things won’t stick around for too much longer.

  4. D Jackson says:

    I haven’t seen that cartoon myself, but I’ve only heard good things about Ultimate Spiderman.

    I think it is connected to the damsel in distress era, but with all the work people are doing, it doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon. However, that is why Star Wars VII is so promising. A lead hero and assumed Jedi is black. This is still rare in Hollywood.

  5. Sarah says:

    Yeah. I’m excited to see this one. I’ve seen some of the past Star Wars stuff, and I liked it alright, but I didn’t grow up with the old version. I’ve heard of a handful of the actors and actresses for this new Star Wars and I like them.

    Thanks for talking with me! I realized I commented kind of a lot…I hope that was ok. And hopefully I didn’t sound annoying.

  6. Sarah says:

    Just a few more days till the movie! I’m pretty happy about it. I haven’t really cared about seeing movies for a while. But I’m really excited now that the movie’s almost out.

  7. Tir says:

    The comments about this movie reminds me why racism and sexism still needs to be fought in 2016….wow, the ignorance is staggering.