After the D23 Special Look for The Rise of Skywalker I was so excited, I went back and watched the trailers for The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi and, of course, The Rise of
Skywalker in an expectedly awesome Star Wars trailer marathon. It was so much fun. So fun, in fact, that I wanted to write about it. So, with no further delay, here’s an analysis of the correlating Star Wars sequel trilogy teasers.
The Force Awakens
When this teaser came out for The Force Awakens we hadn’t seen anything related to Star Wars that was new since 2005’s Revenge of the Sith. In that ten-year span being a Star Wars fan was fun but all we had were the six George Lucas films, which were awesome, but old news.
Seeing this teaser, I can still feel the emotions I had while watching it for the first time, especially when seeing Kylo Ren for the first time with that amazing crossguard lightsaber.
This teaser was designed simply to display in a short amount of time, Star Wars is back! And the Millennium Falcon at the end is, of course, the icing on the cake.
As the logo displays itself in the classic yellow color the music is bright and adventurous. The teaser is designed to inspire pure elation and joy and even now, years after its release, it still manages to bring a smile to my face.
The Last Jedi
Rian Johnson was very keen on telling a different story but in the classic darker vein of The Empire Strikes Back. There’s a sense of darkness to this teaser that immediately conveys the sense that something is really wrong. And with Luke Skywalker saying at the conclusion of the teaser, “It’s time for the Jedi to end” there is an even greater sense of worry the editors of the trailer were trying to convey. The red color for the logo doesn’t help matters.
To be honest, this teaser is off the chain! I think I’ve seen this teaser at least fifty times, it’s that good. Unfortunately, the tone that this teaser had throughout the trailer wasn’t the same tone that was created for the actual movie, making this teaser a little saddening to watch.
The Rise of Skywalker
First off, I’ve seen this teaser over twenty times now and it still makes me teary for some reason. (I think it’s the music.) Secondly, after watching the teasers for The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi it’s very clear that the creators of this trailer designed it, musically and emotionally, to be a mix of both previous sequel trilogy films. There’s a darkness to this teaser that immediately states that there will be a serious tone to this movie but there’s a sense of hope toward the end with the blue logo and the powerful music that feels adventurous and light as well.
In a way, it seems like the teaser is trying to assure us, this movie will end happily, it’s the ride to the happily-ever-after moment however that will be quite a doozy and I am so ready.
Of these teasers, I am happy to announce that The Rise of Skywalker is, in fact, my favorite of the three which makes sense. That should, indeed, be the best teaser.
When the official trailer for The Rise of Skywalker arrives I will do another post comparing the three official trailers for the sequel trilogy films which should be fun.
Until then, I thank you for reading and I hope you have a lovely day. May the Force be with you.