12 Dec 2015

Star Wars: A New Hype

It's that time. It's been 10 years since the last main Star Wars movie, and it's been 32 years since the last good Star Wars movie. On the 17th of December, next Thursday, Star Wars: The Force Awakens releases in UK cinemas. It's been hailed as one of the most hyped up movies of all time, and who can question that title when you think about the legacy that such a series has held for almost four decades?


The first teaser trailer for The Force Awakens came out at a funny time for me. It was around the same time I swore off watching trailers and reading about movies because they spoil too much. As tempting as it was, I pulled my nose out of any source that would tell me stuff about the film. To this date, I still don't know anything about the movie. I don't know who these new characters are, I don't know what the plot will be about, and I don't know what Abrams' plans with the new trilogy is. I think it'll be a lot more exciting to go into this film fully blind (not literally of course, that would be awful).


Besides the returning characters, I seriously don't know who most of those people are. I'm excited.

My father got me into Star Wars from when I was a mere youngling. Being raised on the 1997 VHS editions of the original trilogy, it was exciting to see such a classic movie brought to life by CGI effects. This was back when George Lucas hadn't quite fucked up yet, back when there was a lot of hope in The Phantom Menace. That movie came and went, and people generally enjoyed it. Of course, hindsight can be a bitch. 

As Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith rolled out, people began to see the many flaws in the prequel trilogy. The mystery of Darth Vader's past was revealed to be about an edgy teenager with rather angsty dialogue ("I hate sand!"). The nature of the Force was retconned to be about dumb midichlorians, as if your Force potential was decided by an arbitrary biological cell count. They ruined some really great characters of the original trilogy, and I'll name Obi-Wan, Boba Fett and Yoda as some of those affected by this. All-in-all, YA DUN GOOFED LUCAS!


And now, ten years on, a new movie soon approaches. No more George Lucas, the new movie is now under the creative control by J. J. Abrams. I'm enthusiastic about this, partly because Abrams has done some really interesting projects in the past (Lost, Super 8 and Fringe are some of my highlights), but also because it will be interesting to see what a Star Wars movie looks like without George Lucas rubbing his slimy fingers over it.

Of course, I could just watch a trailer or look at a few pictures to make this judgement. But I think my first viewing of the new movie will be even better if I avoided them altogether. I'm excited. Will you be seeing Star Wars: The Force Awakens?

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