The Unusual Suspect, he of the recut trailers in the style of fame, has done his magic once again by cutting the original Star Wars trilogy into an Avengers: Age of Ultron-style trailer. He calls it Star Wars: Age of Vader.
There are a couple of revelations from this specific kind of mash-up.
- The tone of the trilogy is much, much darker. Every shot of anguish and pain from the original trilogy with the exception of Luke’s immediate reaction to his hand being cut off, the yelled refutation of Vader being his father, or the Rancor-keeper’s loss of his pet are used in the trailer, and there’s not even an itty-bitty spark of levity.
- This highlights exactly why the Age of Ultron trailers have completely turned me off. Although it might be fun to intellectualize who could win in a battle: Hulk or Iron Man sporting his Hulk-Buster suit, I don’t really relish the idea of a whole Avengers movie that’s largely dark and anguished. I want jokes. I want fun. And frankly, that one scene in the original Avengers when Loki’s staff causes them to bicker was all I needed of in-fighting.
- The Usual Suspect pulled from a whole trilogy’s worth of battle scenes. Age of Ultron is just a single 2-3 hour movie. So perhaps this emphasizes just how bloated with massive destruction our summer blockbusters have become.
- It is always interesting to see what a different edit can do to change the tone and meaning of a shot or scene. It’s hard to “see” what an editor does in movie making sometimes, but I become more convinced each year that theirs is the most influential job in shaping that final project.