I have only seen the film once so maybe I missed them, but I'm pretty sure there are two trailer moments missing from the theatrical cut of The Force Awakens. If you want to know what they are then read on, if not; move along, move along...
Please only read this is you've seen The Force Awakens, otherwise you might consider yourself spoiled, even though I'm talking about things you don't see rather then things you do see.
As I mentioned above, I've only seen the movie once, and it was all kind of a joyous blur, so maybe I missed one of the two, but at least one significant moment is missing from the final cut of The Force Awakens that was featured in the trailer, and I can't even imagine it fitting into the movie anywhere, in its current form. Check it out below.
It's the scene where, what we assume is Maz Kanata hands Leia Anakin's Lightsaber, isn't in the film. Did I miss it? I'm pretty sure I witnessed the weapon enter the story, because it's one of my favourite sequences of the film, but I do not remember this moment. Nor can I imagine how this would have fit into the existing narrative. Am I mistaken? Please set me straight if I am.
The second moment that I think is absent is one of the most impactful moments of the first teaser trailer in my opinion. It's the scene that had my friends and I talking for days. The hooded figure, the shambling through the wooded area, that slight stumble and then "that" Lightsaber bursting into action. Check it out below.
I think I know where this shot was meant to feature, and we get a similar moment, albeit more from another characters POV, but this moment seems to be missing completely. I wondered at first it it had been replaced by this:
The thing is I believe the teaser trailer shot was from a vision, if you know what I mean (trying to be vague for spoiler reasons!), so why drop it? It was such a cool shot. By the time we get our confrontation in the woods, which we've all seen it the trailers, Kylo Ren is unmasked as seen above. In the teaser he was still hooded and as we see in the trailer, wearing the helmet and mask. Could the story have changed that much during principle photography that these two seemingly significant moments were jettisoned? Or have I missed something here? Leave your thoughts on the matter, in the comments below...
Thank you for reading,