'Star Wars Episode VII' is almost here! At the time I'm writing this it will be six days before the Force awakens again and we'll all (hopefully) be happy when it hits. J.J. does have a lot of pressure on him considering the last time we took a trip to a galaxy far far away, but they are plenty of reasons not to be concerned over this movie.
From the director of two awesome 'Star Trek' movies
As most people know, J.J. Abrams directed 2009's 'Star Trek' and its 2013 sequel, 'Star Trek: Into Darkness'. But what they don't know, or probably forgotten, is that the first movie is the best of the franchise to date with a 95% on Rotten Tomatoes, and the sequel is sitting nicely with 87%.
Those are some pretty nice scores if you ask me, especially since his career has gotten better with time. Still not convinced? He directed 'Mission Impossible III' and the acclaimed 'Super 8', he also produced the last two 'Mission Impossible' movies as well.
Also, having a different director is probably the best for the future of the franchise. After all, the original trilogy had a different director for each film, George Lucas ('Star Wars'), Irvin Kershner ('Empire Strikes Back'), and Richard Marquand ('Return of the Jedi'). With the prequels all being directed by George Lucas, I'm actually surprised not everybody is 100% happy with Abrams being the new director.
Screenwriter Types Back/Return of the Screenwriter
Lawrence Kasdan (along with Abrams and Michael Arndt) wrote the script, and if the pun didn't give it away, he was the writer of 'Empire Strikes Back' and 'Return of the Jedi'. If anybody can write a story worth following up on 30 years later, it's this guy, and the fact that he wrote 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' doesn't hurt too.
Another name to remember is Michael Arndt whose previous works include 'Little Miss Sunshine', 'Toy Story 3' and 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'.
Back to roots
This new 'Star Wars' is going back to what made it a success when it first came out
- New Faces Although Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, and John Boyega have done TV and movies before, their still unknowns in Hollywood. Also, this is Daisy Ridley's very first starring role.
- Practical over CG The original trilogy heavily relied on actual locations and models of spaceships in order to bring the movie to life. Abrams has promised to use pratical effects as much as he can so 'The Force Awakens' doesn't become another CGI fest. I mean seriously, a full-on Millennium Falcon was built just for the movie!
- Mr. Williams' Music John Williams has produced some of movies' best music, and to come back for the seventh outing of 'Star Wars' is a HUGE step in the right direction.
The prequels weren't COMPLETE garbage
I know, I can hear the hate comments coming in already, but the truth is, the prequels were more "disappointing" than bad. Don't get me wrong, I f**king hate Jar Jar, yet the movies still had their redeeming qualities. We had the introduction of a double-bladed lightsaber (which we all wanted) in 'The Phantom Menace', the badass clones in 'Attack of the Clones', and the rise of Darth Vader and the Empire in 'Revenge of the Sith'. Not to mention critics warmed up to them over time.
Now we're onto the answer to the biggest question of the yet-to-be released movie.
Has Luke turned evil?
The answer is simply this: No. Let me explain how I came to this conclusion.
1. He rejected the Dark Side.
As we all know, when he cut off Vader's hand and Emperor Palpatine tried to get him to finish him off, Luke realized what he had done and dropped the lightsaber, and saying the famous line.
"I am a Jedi. Like my father before me."
And considering his happy mode at the after party on Endor, I'd say it's a bit of a stretch to think that Skywalker Jedi no.2 went bonkers between then and now.
He's always been a Jedi, and he'll always be a Jedi. Other than that scene when he got angry for a minute, there is no other evidence that suggests otherwise.
2. He has nobody to manipulate him and nothing that can be used against him
Anakin was convinced by Palpatine to join the Dark Side because it sounded like he could finally use the power that he possesses to its full capabilities. Don't forget, Anakin was terrified at the thought of losing Padme, something the Emperor used as a chess piece in the game of manipulation. As Yoda said in Episode I:
"Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering."
Because Anakin is so afraid of losing the one person he loves, Palpatine is able to twist and bend his mind to his desire.
Luke, on the other hand, has nothing to lose and nobody to tell him to become a Sith Lord.
3. It would be a disservice to the fans
This is a character who is not just a hero, he's an icon. When you think of Luke Skywalker, you think about one of the greatest protagonists in the history of movies. A light fighting against the dark. This is a character we haven't seen in three decades, imagine how much it would suck to see one of film's most beloved heroes to come back as a villain.
Despite all this, I think Luke might be a bad guy in the eyes of Finn or Rey because he might be wanted for blowing up the Death Star and other crimes against the Empire. Especially since Jakku is loyal to the Empire/First Order. Whatever the case is, we're going to see Luke Skywalker return when 'The Force Awakens' hits theatres this Friday.
Will 'The Force Awakens' be any good? Do you think Luke has gone rogue? Comment down below or send me a tweet at @CanadaComicNerd. Also, if you want to read more awesome news, reviews and more, give that Follow button a click!