Late last year, the first teaser trailer for Star Trek Beyond drew the ire of many by using the classic Beastie Boys song “Sabotage.” Despite the tune’s strong connections with the Kelvin Timeline (it was featured during a scene in the 2009 reboot), longtime fans were displeased by the musical selection, feeling that it made Beyond look like a generic sci-fi action film as opposed to a rousing 50th anniversary celebration for the property. Still, there’s no denying that “Sabotage” is a catchy track, and it’s become one of the go-to “pump up” songs for movie trailers.
As curious as “Sabotage” was for the Beyond trailer, it was somewhat logical, in part because Star Trek is set in our universe. There are series where the song would be even more of an ill fit, including the galaxy far, far away of Star Wars. But that didn’t stop one fan from taking footage of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and cutting together a new trailer set to the Beastie Boys. You can watch it above.
The biggest takeaway from the video is just how important music can be for setting the tone and mood of a film. Rogue One‘s official trailers have hinted at an emotional war drama, and the horrors of a world coming undone are mostly stripped away with “Sabotage” in place of a traditional movie score. The spinoff instead takes on the form of a fun adventure through space, underlined by serious stakes, just with an entirely different feel.
At the same time, an argument can be made that the Rogue One images jell well with the song. When the first verse kicks in and the action starts heating up (especially as Jyn Erso takes on the stormtroopers), it’s hard not to get caught up in the moment and go along with the fan-made trailer. Rogue One promises to have some of the most intense battle sequences in the Star Wars franchise, and the energetic “Sabotage” certainly gets viewers in the mindset for something like that. As was the case with Star Trek, it’s not what one would expect, but for some it might get the job done.
Of course, one of the reasons why the Rogue One/”Sabotage” mashup is being well-received is most likely because this is a project someone did for fun and not part of Lucasfilm’s actual marketing campaign. It would be interesting to see what the reaction would be if a new Star Wars preview began with the now-familiar opening guitar riff. Even if it were for something that’s poised to be more lighthearted than Rogue One (like Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s young Han Solo film), there are people who would take issue with it. Star Wars is chock full of memorable musical cues, and there’s at least one for any situation. This makes for a fun watch, especially with the retrospect of how Star Trek Beyond turned out, but it’s probably for the best it was just a fan’s idea.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in U.S. theaters on December 16, 2016, followed by Star Wars: Episode VIII on December 15, 2017, the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25, 2018, Star Wars: Episode IX in 2019, and the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.
Source: Matthew Longua