Ever since they revamped the Star Wars franchise back in 1999, all I thought to myself up to now was this: WHEN WILL THEY STOP!! I mean for me I loved the original unedited Star Wars. Then Lucas began tweaking his films, adding new scenes and special effects. Which did nothing to improve or add to the story. Then with the release of episodes 1-3, I felt they were trying to capture lightning in a bottle. Over complicated plot, too much visual effects and just.........it wasn't the star wars that I fell in love with.
I felt that the star wars I loved as a kid was now tarnished with over production. Then they added the Clone Wars animated series, then the lego star wars animated series,and so on. It was an supersaturation of Star Wars and I got sick of hearing about Star Wars. It didn't help either that I had a former co-worker who was obsessed with Star Wars and kept buying everything relating to Star Wars and talking about it constantly.
I think I got bitter to the idea of Star Wars because rather than leaving it alone, I felt like everything post original was just commercialization.
Then I saw the Trailer for Episode 7:
WHAT JUST HAPPENED!?!?!?!
It was as if I was transported back to when I was watching the originals on VHS tape. The excitement, the intensity, and just........OMFG!!!!!!!! Like it seems all 15 years of bad Star Wars commercialism went away and was replaced with a genuine movie. I kept replaying that trailer over and over and over again. So what is it about episode 7 that has awaken the long sleeping Star Wars geek inside of me?
We have an actual Fan directing!
J.J. Abrams has said that star wars was a big influence on him.
"Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) is probably the most influential film of my generation. It's the personification of good and evil and the way it opened up the world to space adventure, the way westerns had to our parents' generations, left an indelible imprint. So, in a way, everything that any of us does is somehow directly or indirectly affected by the experience of seeing those first three films."
"Looking back on my childhood, I have a list of things that are massively important to me. Without question, Star Wars was on the list"
I mean there are ups and downs when it comes to fans directing films, however with J.J Abrams, he is one that worries more on telling a great story and being true to the characters. I mean if you look at his work with the Star Trek movies, he brought out the essences of all of the characters while making Star Trek exciting.
The Use of Practical effects!
At the moment, CGI is king of Visual Effects. However, there has been a movement of bringing back practical effects and Star Wars is leading the charge! These effects have been done so well its hard to tell them from the CGI counterparts. Mark Hamil talked about the use of practical effects with the new droid BB-8:
"They never cease to amaze me with what they’re able to come up with you know? I said, “How are you ever gonna top R2-D2, the most adorable droid in movie history?” And then they have this new one. I can’t even tell you his name, but you saw it in the trailer. And when they were demonstrating how they did this thing, live on set — because it’s not CGI, that’s a live prop — I was just amazed. They let me play around with it. [Laughs] I was running it all around at the creature shop up in Pinewood. I’m telling you, it’s an absolute delight. And not having thought that I’d ever go back there, to go back into that world, is just – I get the chills. It’s just so much fun."
People have an attachment to practical effects. I think its the idea of someone building a creature by hand and having it come to life with puppeteers. Its an art form upon itself and I for one am glad to see it being implemented in Episode 7.
New Characters meet old characters!
OK I know what your going to say:
"Chris, they did that with all of the star war prequels how is episode 7 going to be different?!?!?!?!"
For one the original characters and cast will be in episode 7. These were the guys that made star wars.......well.....STAR WARS. the prequels characters were ok but just didn't have the same charisma that this cast has. Plus with prequels.......you know what's going to happen and you have an expectation of what the characters are going to be like. If the actor can't pull off the performance then it will not succeed.
Whereas with Episode 7, we are being introduce to a whole new set of characters with completely different story lines. We are able to be free of expectations of how a character should be like and allow the actors to create something unique for this movie. Which will be quite liberating!
No George Lucas!
I will commend Lucas for creating this series and keeping it alive for all of us to see. However, I am so glad that he doesn't have anything to do with this movie. As I listed above, I felt that George Lucas was just trying to catch lightning in the a bottle while trying to use new CGI and the continually editing the films to the point that they aren't the same. If George was helping to produce this, the trailer would look more like this:
He has had so much control of this franchise to see someone else take the reigns and create something different is such a big sigh of relief. Not to mention that Walt Disney Studios now owns Lucasfilms, the quality of the films will be better managed. If you don't believe me ask Marvel how they are doing since being bought by Disney?
The Inner Star Wars Geek Awakens
Overall, I am excited for this new Star Wars film. It has the essence of the originals and I hope will make me believe in the force again. If just by watching a trailer can throw me back to when I watched Star Wars for the first time, then they already revitalized the Star Wars legend!
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