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GeekGirl Review of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Trailer

As every man(dalorian), woman, and child from here to the farthest edge of the galaxy surely knows by now,  a new trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens debuted October 19, 2015.

GeekGirl Megan shared the news here at GGW, while Lacey and I weighed in on the new footage in our YouTube video review, which is featured below. We talked about seeing old favorites, the grand mythos of the Force, and even had a lightsaber battle. Plus, there’s a little extra something at the very end!

After watching the trailer again (and again and again), we realized there were a few things worth discussing, speculating, analyzing, and fan-girling:

Kylo Ren (possibly) torturing Poe Dameron.

We’ve seen baddie Kylo Ren and his tri-blade saber in previous trailers, but this time we hear his voice and actually see him causing major Force-style damage to the sexiest pilot to ever fly an X-Wing. What’s happening here? What led their paths to cross? Some fans are speculating Adam Driver and Oscar Isaac’s characters knew each other in the past before going down their separate paths (Kylo Ren’s being one of pain and destruction, and Poe Dameron’s being one seemingly more noble). Is this revenge for a past wrong-doing? Or does Kylo Ren simply impact suffering on anyone not on his side? Or is it something else all together? This is one sub-plot that is keeping us guessing!

Rey sobbing over a body.

After seeing this scene, two thoughts immediately crossed my mind: 1) How can Daisy Ridley simultaneously break our hearts with the most believable crying I’ve ever seen in a trailer/movie/television show, while still looking down right gorgeous? Tobey Maguire, take note. 2) Who/what is she crying over? She seems hunched over a limp body. Is someone injured? Is someone dead? Fan speculation tells us we might lose a classic character, and looking closer at the footage, I have a pretty good idea of who. Something tells me I will be crying just as hard during the movie… but probably not as gracefully as Ms. Ridley. Someone better bring tissues to the cinema, that’s all I’m saying.

Finn’s reaction at the fight.

John Boyega’s Finn was the first person we saw in the initial Episode VII teaser trailer. Another early image was of Kylo Ren’s saber in the forest, but we didn’t know who he was fighting. As more and more footage was released, we’ve learned it was these two about to battle it out. Can I just say how much I love Boyega’s face in this snippet? He is so expressive in his mannerisms, and seems to convey so many emotions in such a short amount of time, from “Holy Moly! What did I get myself into?!” to “I can’t show this guy how scared I am!” to “Okay, I can do this! Bring it on!” I love each and every subtle expression, and think he’ll be able to be comedic without being over the top. Nope, definitely not the next Jar Jar. This guy is surely a Jedi!

Feeling more like an epic World War II film than your run-of-the-mill sci-fi adventure, there is so much we loved about this dark, serious trailer. We can not wait for the feature film, which is released October 18, 2015 (though, let’s be serious, we already got our tickets for the premiere the night before!).

Thanks to  at TechCrunch for sharing the special moments from the trailer as gifs!

What did you think GeekGirl World? Let us know in the comments section! 

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Official New Star Wars: The Force Awakens Cast Photos Revealed

The new edition of Vanity Fair is set to hit news stands with exclusive on the set and cast photos from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Vanity Fair’s June issue, available as a digital edition on Thursday, May 7, and on newsstands nationwide on Tuesday, May 12. Photograph by Annie Leibovitz.
Vanity Fair’s June issue, available as a digital edition on Thursday, May 7, and on newsstands nationwide on Tuesday, May 12. Photograph by Annie Leibovitz.

This special June edition of the magazine doesn’t officially come out until May 7th in digital, and May 12th on newsstands, however Vanity Fair has released sneak peeks of what fans will have in store when the full issue debuts, in honor of the official fandom holiday, May the Fourth.

Next-generation bad guy Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) commands snowtroopers loyal to the evil First Order on the frozen plains of their secret base. Photograph by Annie Leibovitz.
Next-generation bad guy Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) commands snowtroopers loyal to the evil First Order on the frozen plains of their secret base. Photograph by Annie Leibovitz.
A small galaxy’s worth of tracking dots affixed to Lupita Nyong’o’s face allowed artists at Industrial Light & Magic to transform her into the C.G.I. character Maz Kanata. Photograph by Annie Leibovitz.
A small galaxy’s worth of tracking dots affixed to Lupita Nyong’o’s face allowed artists at Industrial Light & Magic to transform her into the C.G.I. character Maz Kanata. Photograph by Annie Leibovitz.
Galactic travelers, smugglers, and other assorted riffraff fill the main hall of pirate Maz Kanata’s castle. Photograph by Annie Leibovitz.
Galactic travelers, smugglers, and other assorted riffraff fill the main hall of pirate Maz Kanata’s castle. Photograph by Annie Leibovitz.
Dashing Resistance pilot Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) stands alongside his trusty X-wing fighter. Photograph by Annie Leibovitz.
Dashing Resistance pilot Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) stands alongside his trusty X-wing fighter. Photograph by Annie Leibovitz.
J. J. Abrams directs Actress Daisy Ridley for a scene in which her character, the young heroine Rey, pilots her speeder through a bustling marketplace on the planet Jakku. Photograph by Annie Leibovitz.
J. J. Abrams directs actress Daisy Ridley for a scene in which her character, the young heroine Rey, pilots her speeder through a bustling marketplace on the planet Jakku. Photograph by Annie Leibovitz.
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Members of the brain trust behind The Force Awakens: composer John Williams, producer and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, co-writer Lawrence Kasdan, and director and co-writer Abrams, photographed at Bad Robot, Abrams’s production company, in Santa Monica. Photograph by Annie Leibovitz.

Fans can relax with the knowledge that the Star Wars franchise looks to be in good hands. These photos give us a quick preview of some of the costumes and sets that fans have to look forward to when Star Wars: The Force Awakens bursts into theaters on December 18, 2015.

Source: Vanity Fair
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