Back in 1977, George Lucas created "Star Wars" and changed the way we look at movies...but you know that part. LOL You've heard it hundreds of thousands of times how this franchise, for better or worse, changed the scope and format in which big epics could be made. Now something is coming. A return to the original style of the "Star Wars" saga. Not the CGI-invested prequels, which are good in their own right I admit, but a more physically present story called "The Force Awakens". At first, I too was skeptical of the title, but the more I think about it the more it makes perfect sense as the title for what is basically a revival/continuation of the "Star Wars" saga.
First of all, let us note what many forget. The original "Star Wars" film was simply called Star Wars. In the opening crawl, there was no "Episode IV" or "A New Hope". It was simply "Star Wars". The identifier of what part of the story it was didn't come until years later after the two sequels had been made for the original trilogy. And then, at the time, no one even knew another trilogy, let alone two, was going to happen. But as Murphy's law proves here, anything that can happen will indeed happen...including returning to the original characters from the original trilogy.
Understand something, the original trio of Luke, Han, and Leia will serve as a connector between the original trilogy and the new trilogy that is being made over at Disney. However...is this so different from how the prequels connected to the original trilogy? The prequels saw Anakin Skywalker serve as one of the main protagonists with Obi-Wan and Padme Amidala completing the trio. Anakin becomes Darth Vader and Obi-Wan falls into the background as a sort of mentor to the main character. Now assuming what we think is going to happen, the young cast will serve as apprentices to the original cast, therefore continuing this "Passing of the torch". And that is why the title "The Force Awakens" is appropriate.
"Star Wars: Episode IV" is titled "A New Hope", meaning a new chance at something. "The Force Awakens" fits this even more. As Mace Windu noted in the prequels, Jedi's had lost their ability to connect with the Force because the dark side clouded that. And while Luke Skywalker still stood for the Jedi, he was alone. Now assuming what has been rumored is true, Luke will come out of hiding after 30 years, in a way paralleling Obi-Wan's exile between the prequels and the original trilogy. In doing so, considering the fact that Luke never took on an apprentice, the title fits more perfectly in the sense that by Luke returning, the presence of the Force returns to the wider galaxy. Obviously a new Sith Lord will come out that challenges this and by doing so awakening the age-old war of the light and dark side of the Force. The title in that regard is pretty simple I think.
But why such a simple title? All the other ones had a more dramatic, wider scope that was little more specific. "The Phantom Menace" was the sort of looking presence of the Sith that hounds the heroes in the shadows. "Attack of the Clones" basically speaks of the beginning of the Clone Wars. "Revenge of the Sith" was obviously finishing the trilogy, finishing the arch of "The Phantom Menace" with the Sith now fully out in the open, ruling the galaxy and defeating the Jedi. Then "A New Hope" came along, chronologically anyway, and, like "The Force Awakens", is a very ambiguous title. No specific mention of what it exactly means. I mean hope obviously could translate into a lot of things whether it was Luke or, for that matter, the simple fact that R2-D2 has plans that could finally make the Empire dwindle in power. The Force is not just a Jedi energy as you know, it's the spiritual energy of everything around us. This could mean a number of things other than the age-old war of the Jedi and Sith, but like "A New Hope" it's very ambiguous, allowing a more diverse and hopefully wide-spanning story. That's the point though in the end!
"Disney" hired JJ Abrams people! I mean let's be real. Abrams is the biggest Star Wars nut on the planet. Heck even when he did "Star Trek" he was trying to make it out to be like "Star Wars" in design as much as he could. R2-D2 appeared in cameos in both! But Abrams likes the originals, therefore he is going with the style and feel of the originals! The use of practical effects, the original cast, not trying to explain the Force through a flu virus (Although I've come to accept they are simply receptors to the spiritual energy of the Force). That's why Abrams and company picked such an ambiguous title...so even younger scamps like myself can feel surprise when the new one comes out, just like when "A New Hope" came out. The prequels, unfortunately, already had their ending. But this is new frontier folks! There is no definitive knowledge of how the story will play out! Like "A New Hope", "The Force Awakens" offers a chance for a true "Star Wars" movie. Not playing into some overarching story, no over-the-top thematic politics although "Hunger Games" kind of took over that job of being super political on tyranny and yet Katniss was whinier than Anakin. LOL
My point is that this title is perfect for so many reasons. Mystery, a wide-epic meaning that once explained will make the movie and it's title even more special, and not everything is clear what will happen! And while I believe that the younger cast will include Jacen and Jade Solo, the twins of Han and Leia, the canon of the expanded universe is there but not ruling it. I'm excited folks and you should be too. Disney may be a lot of things (I'm pretty sure they will own the world someday but better them than the Capitol huh?), but they let their properties be their own. Marvel runs their films with Disney simply bankrolling so their films feel like a comic book universe put on-screen. And George Lucas has been brought on to consult "The Force Awakens" which I think is perfect. I think that George's "Star Wars" films are better when he guides the basic principles but let's another creative force add the substance ("Empire Strikes Back" was epic for a reason people).
All I'm saying is aren't you tired of YA adaptations being the only big science fiction game in town? Wouldn't you prefer going back to a galaxy far, far away where the good guys could be good (And old enough to drink) and the bad guys are actually bad? Where there is adventure, good and bad, and everyone isn't a stick in the mud (I can't stress how much "Hunger Games" bugs be in that regard). Science fiction films are meant to be exciting and fun sometimes along with being dark and thematic.
I'm saying, it's time for "A New Hope", for an awakening of epic proportions. Films used to be about cinematic wonder and not just making a damn political point (That's what documentaries are for). So bring on the opening crawl, the John Williams score, Luke with his Obi-Wan beard (Hamill seriously is looking good and I want the number to his fitness instructor), the lightsaber battles, the Falcon roaring through the skies (If you didn't get pumped by that alone in the teaser you are a nerf herder), and heck throw in a couple Abrams' trademark lens flares...not too many though. LOL It's time for an awakening folks. May the Force be with you and with this movie!