Is Star Wars 7: The Force Awakens the most important film of all-time? I think so, here's why..
1. There Is So Much Money Riding On It
When Disney bought Lucasfilm, they didn't do it because they just really wanted to make a cool new Star Wars film for us fans. They wanted to make money! That's why they spent FOUR BILLION DOLLARS to obtain the Star Wars franchise. Obviously Disney isn't expecting Force Awakens to single-handedly make that 4 billion back, but they do expect it to be the kick-starter for many more movies and other media. In a lot ways, Star Wars 7: The Force Awakens is a down payment on that 4 billion debt. Disney is literally banking on Star Wars to produce more movies and thus more money. No other movie has ever had so much money riding on it.
2. A Lot Of Future Properties Riding On It
There is a sense in Hollywood that there are too many franchises and most of these franchises are putting out less than stellar films. The Force Awakens is a huge film for a huge franshise. If it were to fail it could mean the beginning of the end of the big franchise. Some viewers could lose hope in franchises and add to the push for smaller original films. When big films like Jurassic World, Avengers, and Furious 7 do well it bumps everyone up. When one of these movies suffer it hurts everyone. Star Wars could have the biggest ripple effect on the industry (more on that in a minute).
2. The Fate Of Beloved Characters
There has never been a film like Star Wars 7: The Force Awakens. Thirty years ago the world fell in love with some of the most original characters of all time. A strong young woman who stood up to a huge overpowering force of tyrants, a young man who lost everything and stepped into a bigger world only to end up saving it, a smooth talking skeptic and his loyal co-pilot, not to mention two droids that argued like an old married couple. We only got to know these characters for a a very small window of time. What happened to them after the Death Star was destroyed? Did Luke establish a new Jedi order? Did Leia and Han get married? Did she lead in establishing a new galactic government? So many questions. Now we'll finally know what happened, where our heroes went from that Forrest moon of Endor. Never in film have we seen such beloved characters revisited at such a later time. We will finally get closure on their story.
4. There's No Going Back If This Movie Fails
Recently a certain franchise was rebooted with a major flop. One could say at it was DOOMED to fail. It's fine though, they could always reboot it again, right? Force Awakens doesn't have that luxery. If this movie isn't done well then that's it folks. It costs too much both monetarily and emotionally to reboot such a beloved franchise. Disney is playing a game of high stakes poker and they are all in.
5. It Could End The Film Lovers Era
Have you noticed that we are experiencing the golden age of entertainment? Everyone is loving films and look forward to them with unparalleled excitement compared to other generations. A few weeks ago, I along with thousands of others went to Target, Toys R Us, and Walmart to get a first chance at getting Force Awakens toys. Just the toys! people get extremely excited for films today. Whether it's for the latest Christopher Nolan film, or Marvel movie, or even Tarantino film. What happens if the most anticipated film of all time is a stinker? It would have ripple effects accross the industry. That big of a let-down could bring an end to this culture of excitement we currently enjoy in film. Again, big films have ripple effects in the industry.
6. Sweet Redemption
While the original trilogy is the pinnacle of the potential of mankind's creativity, let's just say the prequels are less so. While many hate on the prequels, I would say they are not the trash everyone makes them out to be (another post coming on that soon), but I would definitely say they were not good and thus a huge disappointment. The prequels have been a pebble in the shoe of the Star Wars franchise for too long. Have you ver been talking about how great Star Wars is and someone say something like "I didn't like that Anakin guy, he whined too much" or "that Jar-Jar guy was annoying" and conclude that Star Wars isn't the greatest because of the prequels? You're not alone. As incredible as Star Wars is, it is ridiculous to think that 50% of it is fantastic (for lack of a better word) and 50% are ok at best. That ratio is just plain stupid and hopefully will soon be far better. Star Wars can and hopefully will be redeemed with the Force awakens.
7. Star Wars Sets the Bar For Gender Equality In Films
In a world where we get 5-10 comic book films year yet none has starred a female lead. Star Wars is looking to have a strong female at the forefront of the biggest franchise of our lifetime. Look at all the posters and promotional art that has been released. who is at the front? It's Daisy Ridley's Rey. Not Finn, or Poe Dameron, or even Kylo. It's a female. That Is great for Star Wars and film in general! Kathleen Kennedy, President of Lucasfilm, is a strong advocate gender equality in films and said that new Star Wars films coming (including Force Awakens) will feature “really strong women.”
This isn't really a change for Star Wars though. Star Wars has always led the way in filmmaking, including something as crucial as gender equality. Ever since that white robed heroine shot at those storm troopers and told that flyboy to jump in the trash disposal, Star Wars has led the industry in having strong and heroic female leads and Force Awakens looks to set that bar once again.
One More for the Road
8. It Could Destroy My Soul..
Seriously, I don't know what I will do if Force Awakens isn't great. If Luke, Leia, and Han aren't handled properly... It could kill me. Much like Padme when Anakin broke her heart causing her to eventually perish that's what Disney and JJ could do to me if they fail. Please don't fail. Please don't fail. Please don't fail. Don't go down a path I cannot follow, don't breake my heart Force Awakens.