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Star Wars Rogue One Trailer - Three Initial Thoughts

Updated on October 14, 2016

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Trailer #2

Ben Mendelsohn as an Imperial villain

It's been clear for a long time that there are parallels between the Empire and the Nazis. Even the term "stormtrooper" was borrowed from Hitler's "Sturmabteilung", a military wing of the Nazi party.

The point that I am trying (failing) to make is Ben Mendelsohn is the perfect Nazi. The mixture of contempt and superiority in his eyes is perfect for his role as an Imperial villain. It's not the anger that is striking, it's the disconnection. The character feels like he doesn't care about you. He will murder anyone standing in the way of the Empire without a care in the world. In essence, just from what I've seen from the trailers, I'm expecting a refreshing new Imperial villain.

Menacing Vader

It's not easy to illustrate the emotions of a man wearing a full body suit, which is why the shot of Vader's power walk is so impressive. His walk through the fog conveyed power and rage in less than a second of screen time. I think it would be safe to predict that someone will die in that scene.

The fans have been promised the grittiest Star Wars movie yet with 'Rogue One'. I hope this means that Vader will show us why he is the most feared in the galaxy.

I think I speak for all of us when I say that I can't wait to hear James Earl Jones as Vader once again. The last time we have heard Vader speak in a movie was back in "Return of the Jedi". Vader's return will be like a stroll back in time.

Cinematography

It looks like this will be the most beautiful Star Wars film ever. The cinematography shown in the trailer was absolutely jawdropping. I remember in "The Force Awakens", the X-Wings over the water gave me chills, but I feel like they are going far and beyond that here in "Rogue One".

I would talk about it more but I think it would be better to show.


Conclusion

After this trailer, I can say that there isn't much in the world that will stop me from paying money to see this movie. The trailer presented a movie that is beautiful, menacing, and awe inspiring. The Star Wars reboot hype train isn't slowing down one bit.

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