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Jeremy Blackman:

Written & Directed by Rian Johnson

Release: December 15, 2017

"Having taken her first steps into a larger world in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), Rey continues her epic journey with Finn, Poe, and Luke Skywalker in the next chapter of the saga."

Trailer is pretty formula Disney/Marvel and pretty much what I expected, but it's still cool to see.
That poster is pretty great though.

At the very least, Rian Johnson is the best visual stylist the franchise has ever had in the director's chair, by a wide margin. I don't hold any expectations that the movie will be particularly unique or risk-taking, but I have every expectation that it'll be a feast to look at.

Jeremy Blackman:
I have an inordinate emotional investment in Rey's character, for all the reasons I described in the Force Awakens thread. It's bad enough that I might start weeping during a training montage. So that's what I'm looking to get out of this.

But yeah, also considering that Rian Johnson is a better filmmaker than J. J. Abrams, this might end up being my favorite Star Wars movie.

Pretty dang good trailer.

I might be in the minority here, I've don't consider Rian Johnson to be a particularly special filmmaker, his television work is fantastic though. Looper had an interesting approach to the production design but I've never found him an especially compelling stylist either (there are admittedly, a number of pretty shots in that trailer). Nicely enthusiastic fellow though. And I'd rather have him over Trevorrow any day of the week.

This will probably be an enjoyable film.


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