Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The Star Wars Countdown

With the Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiere just about a month away and the release of the new trailer, it's clear it is all anyone can talk about. Continuing a franchise such as this can be a risky venture, with diehard fans analyzing every frame, worried their beloved series is going to be ruined with the addition of another film. In fact, many fans still have PTSD from the prequel franchise. So can you blame them for being worried? As a Star Wars nerd myself, I am not worried and feel confident in the direction JJ Abrams is taking the film. He recently announced that the 7th installment is a self-contained story, and is not about just trying to get more toys for the large corporations to sell. Most importantly, Abrams says the movie is "not about trying to appease anyone". That statement makes me the happiest, because in my opinion that's when movies fail. Of course it's probably the largest audience you have to cater to, but you can't cater to everyone. When movies try to please the audience too much than it becomes a mish-mosh of stories with little direction and depth. It's the directors who believe in their story and the process that have success because they stick to their own creative ideas.

Abrams also explains that because it is a self-contained story, you do not necessarily have had to see the previous Star Wars movies. It has a beginning, middle and end, but at the same time hints there is a rich past and potential for more stories to follow. These are new characters in new situations, so you do not have to be a diehard fan to enjoy the story. So in case you haven't seen the new trailer yet, here you go...and don't forget to get your customs ready for December 18th.

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