Before continuing, I want to ask you a few of questions, cool? Ok.
- 1. What is your favorite movie series of all time?
- 2. Is it Star Wars?
- 3. If not.... WHY?
Ever since 1977, Star Wars has been a cultural phenomenon. Even if you weren't one of the lucky ones to first see A New Hope in theaters, you still got to visit the galaxy far, far away at some point. For me, it was when I was very young, and my father had bought the original trilogy on VHS tape, and I watched them all in one day. As you could probably guess, Episode V was and always will be my favorite.
There's just something about the myth of the Skywalker family, and how one man and his son can change the course of the galaxy forever... and lightsabers are pretty damn cool too.
Now, let me move away from the previous films, and move on to episode 7: The Force Awakens.
So by now, it's been 10 years since we've seen our last live action star wars film. Anyone recall that prequel trilogy? Yeah, I didn't think so. Although I do have to say, the characters of young Obi Wan and Anakin fascinated me, and I loved Episode III, and that battle with Darth Maul made the Phantom Menace for me.
The Force Awakens is set to take place 30 years after the Galactic Civil War ends (A.K.A, Anakin fulfills the prophecy and a bunch of other stuff... seriously just watch the movies). The film stars two people we do not know, Rey and Finn, who come across one of the most important artifacts in the republic, Anakin's and later Luke Skywalker's original blue lightsaber.
On a quest to save the galaxy from a very different threat, our new group of heroes teams up with Luke, Han, and Leia to once again take down the sith and restore balance in the galaxy.
Now with that out of the way, let's talk box office.
Say what you will about big budget movies, and the occasional remakes now and then, but when it comes down to it, studios want to make money. As of now, the highest grossing movie ever released is James Cameron's Avatar, which made over 2 billion dollars during it's run at the box office.
Call me crazy, but I predict that [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](tag:711158) will surpass Avatar and become the highest grossing movie ever made. There are 4 main reasons why I think this will come to be:
1. It's NOT a reboot
It's simply a future in the same universe we were introduced to back in 1977. Same force, same history, same lightsabers, and a little bit better CGI.
2. A long time ago...
There has been talk ever since 1999, when Star Wars: Episode I was released, that questioned the three original cast members returning. The fact that they are indeed returning to their characters almost 40 years later is a dream come true for people all around the world.
3. A new hope... I mean, generation
Just like Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, these characters will lead us into a new trilogy and even more adventures, and set the groundwork for all other actors coming into the franchise. Also, maybe in 40 years or so, they can return to their original roles (you never know).
4. That score man...
After all, what's a good movie without it's music. I personally cannot wait for the moment that I'm in my movie theater seat, and the opening crawl begins, starting with that epic music.