One small, but noticeable facet of the contemporary movie community of superfans and cinephiles alike has been the trend of popular motion pictures and film franchises being sweded. The process takes certain crucial sequences or entire plot trajectories and recreates them on an incredibly low budget. The term and practice originated in Michel Gondry’s 2008 independent production Be Kind Rewind, wherein the employees of a local video rental store must find fast replacements for an entire collection of compromised VHS tapes.
Where actors Mos Def and Jack Black perform the practice in Gondry’s movie as a means to keep their struggling small business above water, fans have since taken the parlor trick to new levels of fawning admiration for the films they love (even if they haven’t seen them yet), as is now the case with Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
As seen in the video above, the full-length trailer for J.J. Abrams’ latest installment in George Lucas’ beloved science-fiction universe is given the full sweded treatment, with plenty of attention paid to many of the most talked about sequences and shots from the footage released so far. Produced by independent YouTube channel Dumb Drum, this latest installment of fevered anticipation for the forthcoming December 2015 release is as palpable as ever and looks great to boot, cardboard Millennium Falcon and Darth Vader helmet withstanding.
Rey, Finn, Kylo Ren, and all of the other main cast and supporting characters look as possessed of the same sort of DIY enthusiasm for the series that has always been a part of its appeal and lasting legacy. Akin to the similarly reimagined central moments from this summer’s Jurassic World, this latest sweded trailer stands up to much of the optimism and hope going forward for its highly celebrated galaxy far, far away.
With the release of the new film only a little over a month away, fans can take comfort in this latest release leading up to the final production’s December 2015 theatrical premiere. Even as many questions regarding its chief protagonists and antagonists remain up in the air, if the optimism espoused in this latest fan-short speaks for the whole body of future movie goers, than the Force has definitely been let in by Abrams and the cast and crew of Episode VII.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens will see theatrical release on December 18th, 2015, followed by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on December 16th, 2016, Star Wars: Episode VIII on May 26th, 2017, and the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25th, 2018; Star Wars: Episode IX is expected to reach theaters in 2019, with the third Star Wars Anthology film in coming in 2020.
Source: Dumb Drum