Fans of a galaxy far, far away tuned into Monday Night Football not to watch the New England Patriots wallop the Jets but for some good, old Disney corporate synergy! A few minutes into halftime, the Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker final trailer premiered giving fans the first look at the new film since the D23 special look trailer in August. This “final trailer” is the last we’ll see (save for a few TV spots) for the final Skywalker saga film in a marketing push aimed at general audiences rather than Star Wars super-fans. The Star Wars: Rise of the Skywalker final trailer tugged at heartstrings but the opening of ticket sales drained wallets. Atom Tickets reported that the first hour of ticket sales for the film surpassed Avengers: Endgame (the previous record-holder) by 45 percent. All in all, it suggests that the anticipation for this movie is very, very high despite rumors of Star Wars “fatigue.”
What the Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker Final Trailer Showed Us
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Like all previous trailers, this one is light on plot details and instead offers up glimpses of the characters, settings, and conflicts throughout the galaxy. It opens with Rey doing a bit of Jedi training, running through a jungle. We then see her jumping onto some wreckage, possibly the wreckage of the Death Star from Return of the Jedi. One incredible moment shows Daisy Ridley’s Rey and Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren facing off on in the wrecked throne room where Luke defeated Vader, who in turn defeated Emperor Palpatine. Yet, unlike everyone’s favorite asthmatic Sith Lord, Emperor Palpatine is back. We hear narration in the Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker trailer of the somehow revived villain revealing his final play for victory. (We even catch a glimpse of a black-hooded figure sitting in a throne, likely the one shown in a standalone shot previously in the trailer.
There is plenty of emotional beats as well. We see Lando and Chewie flying the Millennium Falcon with, arguably, the largest fleet ever assembled in a Star Wars film. (Also, keen-eyed viewers will notice The Ghost, the ship from Star Wars Rebels, in the mix as well.) There’s a moment with C3PO that worries fans of old Goldenrod, because he says he’s taking “a last look” at all his “friends.” Finally, we see and hear Carrie Fisher’s Princess Leia, which is apropos because the trailer debuted on the anniversary of her birth.
The Final Film in the Skywalker Saga Looks Suitably Epic
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No matter what your feelings are about the latest series of films, the final trailer for Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker promises an adventure epic in scope. The setting is massive, the action appears relentless, and it appears that we’re getting plenty of lightsaber-on-lightsaber action. This movie has a lot to do. It has to tell a worthy story on its own, but it also has to bring both the new trilogy and entire saga to a close. One can never tell from just the trailer if a film will be able to pull it off, but damn it sure looks like they will.
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