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These May Not Be The Droids, But This Is The Film We Are Looking For: Episode I Trailer

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | April 1, 2013 | Comments ()


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I memorized every line of Return of the Jedi by junior high, every gesture, every upswell of the different leitmotifs. I was part of that generation that was just a couple years too young to have seen the trilogy in theaters, and so wore out VHS tapes over repeated viewings. I don't remember a time before Star Wars, but I remember the confusion at being told that Return of the Jedi was it. That there were no more of these brilliant films. And so when the trailer for Episode I hit, I was sold, full stop. There were concerns last year when it became clear after the re-releases of the trilogy into theaters that the main cast would not be returning. But I think after you see the trailer, you'll agree that was too premature.

My god! There's no doubt for a moment that this is what we've been waiting for, that this is a Star Wars film after all these years of hoping. The LucasFilm logo, the orchestra beginning quietly, that distinctive whine of engines. And that hushed breathing of the first incarnation of the devil I ever knew, and the first taste of redemption. The screech of blasters, the hum of the light sabers, and then the sudden soaring of the main theme.

And the cast, Liam Neeson, Natalie Portman, Samuel L. Jackson, and of course Ewan McGregor spinning a light saber. The dialogue is a little stilted, but that's par for the course in this franchise, and Lucas was always blessed with actors good enough to pull off his words. This cast looks more than up to the task. Jake Lloyd is a wild card of course, because you just don't know how well a child actor will hold up until he's on screen. But given how awkward Mark Hamill was in the original Star Wars, it can't be that much of a concern in relative terms.

We've also got this newly released poster, which I think sums up every hope we have for this film, with the way it has decided to go the much darker route of telling of the fall of a man instead of the rise of a hero:

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Damn, the look and feel, the tone of both trailer and poster, it feels like the tragedy and darkness of Empire Strikes Back spread over a full three films, and I cannot wait for May 1999 to get here.


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  • Jo 'Mama' Besser

    Think about it, they're genius enough to release Tax Reform Wars so shortly after tax day. so with that kind of planning how couldn't the film be good? I'm totally slipping my cash sales over here from excitement.

  • Tinkerville

    That lizard looking sidekick looks hysterical-- I can't stop laughing when his tongue gets zapped! Can't wait to see more scenes with this new character.

  • Mr_Zito

    This looks awesome. I'm gonna watch this trailer every day until the movie comes out, so that even if I hate the movie fifteen years from now I will still remember every word from that trailer, love it and almost think of it as a separate thing. I will probably be embarassed by that and it will become an extra reason for me to hate the movie..

  • Palaeologos

    No kidding! And, as a helpful aside, don't forget to put as much money in these dot-com startups while they're still cheap.

  • **I AM** NotTheOne

    Dammit! I feel hopeful.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Don't worry, it won't last.

  • Mrs. Julien

    (Breaking the fourth wall for a moment: This article was the point at which I started applauding.)

  • That rastafarian frog character looks hilarious! That alien is gonna be HUGE! George definitely didn't waste two hours and 20 minutes of the saga he could have been actually showing Anakin being seduced by the dark side. No siree

  • Joe Grunenwald

    I saw this movie nine times in the theater.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Were you being punished?

  • Joe Grunenwald

    I was very young.

  • If you have any severe mental illnesses now, you might be able to sue your parents for damages caused by negligence. I only got to see Jurassic Park six times in the theater, and that movie is god damn perfect. Huh. Maybe I'm the one with the case...

  • PDamian

    I must have watched the fight scene with Obi-Wan, Darth Maul and Quigon (sp?) a couple of hundred times on DVD. Martial arts done well is so beautiful, like the best ballet. Ray Park is awesome.

  • DeltaJuliet

    Absolutely. One of my favorite scenes in all the Star Wars movies. I was really disappointed when Darth Maul died. He was great to watch.

  • Adrienne Marie

    Ray Park was the only good thing about this movie. The only good thing about the other two prequels was Yoda kicking ass. These, combined with the fourth Indiana Jones movie has made me completely lose my faith in George Lucas.

  • Joe Grunenwald

    As...questionable as the rest of the film is, the lightsaber duel is worth the price of admission as far as I'm concerned.

  • that is why you fail

  • QueeferSutherland

    All joking aside, that poster remains fantastic. Restrained, clean and effective. If only the movie have had the same characteristics.

  • firedmyass

    Agreed. The characteristics you cited just make me wonder, in hindsight, how it possible made it through the approval process intact.

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  • psemophile

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

  • Mrcreosote

    It's the small details that make this franchise. The attention to secondary and tertiary characters, the worldmaking that seems immersive and engaging, the plotlines that even though listed from serials seem to be fresh and full of wonder. In a world that can bog you down with political infighting, trade embargoes, and pointless proxy wars fought by faceless soldiers it's nice to have something that can take us away and give us a glimpse of a world where that annoying co-worker isn't Jar-Jar-ing into our ears all day long.

  • NynjaSquirrel

    My wit has dried up, my sarcasm has been subdued, who knows - perhaps forever - all I can do is hit the 'replay' button over and over for the next few hours, days, weeks and pray for this majestic, nay life-changing, neigh... mind-blowing spectacle to transform my dull, meaningless existence into something more pure, more effervescent, more... Jedi.

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