‘Rogue One’ full-length trailer drops during the Olympics: meh, messy or fine?


I was looking through my previous coverage of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and I realized that many of you don’t care. That’s so weird, because Rogue One is already pretty controversial and gossip-y. Following the enormous box-office haul of The Force Awakens, Rogue One was supposed to be Disney’s doubling-down of the franchise. Disney is going to milk the Star Wars world for everything, but much like Disney’s Marvel projects, they want everything to be extremely high quality. It hasn’t worked out. I thought the first Rogue One teaser trailer (back in April) was really good, really well-paced and exciting. The reaction online was good, but there were already stories about how the film was and is a mess. We heard recently that Disney demanded extensive reshoots and the director has gotten an experienced “handler” to sit with him as they re-edit the film. And after all of that drama, hair-pulling and expense, Disney spent the money to debut the full-length trailer for Rogue One during the Olympics. Here you go:

Knowing how messy this was and is behind-the-scenes has made me less eager to see Rogue One. That’s one problem. The other problem is that this trailer is bad, and it makes the film seem ridiculously complicated. It feels like they’re making a gamble that everyone who sees it will know the intricate history of the Empire and the Rebellion, and that everyone will be concerned about the politics of the Star Wars world. That’s one of the big reasons why Episodes I-III sucked so hard: they focused too much on the internal politics of the Jedi, the Empire, etc.

But I guess we’re just supposed to be excited at the glimpse of Darth Vader. Sure.

Photos courtesy of Disney, Getty.

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  1. Jenns says:

    I care! I actually loved this trailer. Sign me up for the politic of Star Wars.

    However, I am trying to not get my hopes up due to all the controversy surrounding this film. But from the footage I have seen, it looks amazing. I really want it to deliver.

    • SK says:

      Yeah I don’t find this complicated at all? Get the plans to the Death Star – the latest weapon of an increasingly oppressive Empire. Boom. I’m super excited for this, looks great! I like that there’s some diversity in the casting too – that badass asian dude has won me over already. Just needs MORE WOMEN! But that’s 95% of movies. I was worried reading this article but I liked the trailer and I’m pumped to see the movie. Woo!

    • What was that says:

      Honk too!!!
      Sign me up to care!
      I think that the audience can accept complicated stories..but Star Wars is so well know that most know the premise
      Good vs Evil
      The weakness of the originals were ..introducing cute mop top kid and silly/weak alien to appeal to ‘young audience’..did not work and lost everyone else
      Still employing Euan and Liam was a good idea..
      I am still ambivalent about those 3 as I love Star Wars I can’t hate anything with R2D2 in it!!!

    • Wood Dragon says:

      I’m beginning to look forward to it actually. But I won’t get my hopes/expectations up high. That way, I will be pleasantly surprised: the way I was with Captain America, The Avengers, and the first Star Trek reboot flick.

  2. Marianne says:

    Im really surprised they would show Darth vader so soon. I mean sure, it was just the back of his head, but it seems like they would be a better moment to save for the film itself.

  3. Mia4S says:

    Intricate history? Sorry I totally disagree. Here’s what people have to know; Empire bad, Rebels good, Death Star can blow up planets, Rebels need way to stop it. It’s not exactly Tolstoy.

    What do I know though? I’ll see it for that scene of Donnie Yen beating up stormtroopers alone.

    • ahania says:

      Agreed. There really isn’t that much to know.

      (I’m 99% sure Disney also picked up on the faults of I-III. They won’t repeat the same mistakes)

  4. peridot says:

    Yay Donnie Yen! He was great in Ip Man. Looking forward to this.

  5. MissMerry says:

    really, not interested. I want to be, but this trailer is kinda choppy.

    It’s almost like there are sooo many new characters in this universe that some of them are going to flop, and I feel like other than Donnie Yen, these characters are going to fizzle :/

  6. The Original Mia says:

    I was skeptical, but this trailer was really good. The new footage, the grittiness, the bleakness of their situation. I’m there!

  7. grabbyhands says:

    Full disclosure-unless they bring Jar Jar Binks back or holographically insert Hayden Christensen into the movie, there’s pretty much no way I won’t be there on opening day.

    • tracking says:

      LOL, agreed!

    • vauvert says:

      Same here. A female lead, Donnie scattering the stormtroopers, awesome looking action shots… I’ll be there with bells on and so will the men in my family – we can hardly wait. I hope it turns out to be great and makes all the money, if only because I want an action/adventure movie with a female lead to do well. At the end of the day it all depends on the script. Most of the time, if the acting is just sufficient but the script is good, a movie can do well. The problems occur when a script sucks – hope that is not the case here. The only thing they lost me for is the young Han nonsense because sorry, that lame duck could never hold a candle to Ford. (I have seen him in other movies, last in Hail, Caesar. Sorry, nope, he ain’t Han material.)

      BTW, I get a headache every time fanboys lament Lucas’ departure and agonize that nothing could ever measure up to the original trilogy. Please, brother. It was fun and I loved it then and will love it forever but it was also cheesy and had illogical non-sequiturs and we all survived. My feeling is that prior press notwithstanding, people will show up for this in droves.

  8. pikawho? says:

    I really want this to go well, because its a Star Wars film with a female protagonist that isn’t relying on the nostalgic factor. The story seems like it would have been better suited for a mini series or something, though…

  9. Wren33 says:

    I like the look and feel of the trailer, but thinking back I can’t say I have any idea what is actually happening in the movie which maybe is a problem. Lots of trailers are purposefully mysterious but it is hard to say here.

    • ahania says:

      I think they intentionally don’t show much. You have the feel and scope of the movie and that’s it. No story, which is great

  10. Lolamd says:

    I love this trailer. I love the diverse cast. Donnie Yen doing some martial arts move? I AM THERE!

  11. Nicole says:

    When I saw the trailer I thought I was looking at Mockingjay part 1 in space.
    The trailer was all over the place and it has me worried. I love Felicity and Forrest so I want it to do well but…idk

  12. vbbb says:

    This looks great! So flashy.

    I love movies with assassinations etc. And the leads are quite hot. Let’s hope they have sexual chemistry, even if they are not a couple. I did not watch the recent effort, because I do not give a flying tuck about Star Wars. It is for nerds and the trailer of that look sappy and too melodramatic.

    But this will get me on board.

  13. Lucy says:

    I just want to say Felicity, Diego & co. deserve to be a part of something amazing. Please don’t mess it up.

  14. Caz says:

    I really liked the trailer…AT-ATs & old school Stormtroopers! I hope the movie is good and kicks butt.

  15. Trixie says:

    I could have done without the Darth Vader bit at the end, but I thought the trailer was good. Not as good as the first one, but still good.