Ok, so there’s not much chance this movie is going to bomb regardless of the quality. The Phantom Menace is dreadful and suffered terrible word of mouth upon release and yet still holds its place in the top ten grossing list.
Conservative estimates on the gross The Force Awakes expects to haul in place it at over a billion dollars. A figure almost unheard of a few years ago and yet becoming increasingly common this year. Furious 7, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Jurassic World have all achieved more that this despite some mixed criticisms of each.
Moneymade is rarely an indication of quality. There are some fantastic movies that failed to light up the box office. Early indications, if they hold water, seem to imply this is the Star Wars movie we were promised in the 90’s and have yet to see. This will be both an epic experience as well as a behemoth at the box office.
The prequels were criticised for a great many things, the acting, the story and the over use of CGI the most often cited. From what we’ve seen so far in the official trailer and the comic-con footage it’s far too early to comment on the acting. Han saying “Chewie, we’re home” is enough to give me some Goosebumps however. The story could be a bone of contention with hard-core fans however. Disney have chosen to ignore over 30 years of the Expanded Universe and forge a whole new chapter in the franchise. No Mara Jade, no Thrawn. To win over the die-hard fans, the story is going to have to leave the audience begging for more and if they don’t the franchise could begin to suffer as a result. The most exciting development so far, and the one that had fans cheering is the practical effects. Yes, there will be plenty of CGI but we’re getting a return to the practical effects that blew us away in ’77 and it’s there that the movie could truly be saved. The feel of the movie will seem authentic. The whole ‘used universe’ is what made Star Wars so engaging in the first place. It felt like a real place. It truly felt like it happened a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away….
JJ Abrams may just have the force with him.