April 16th, 2015
I’ve tried to withhold, I really have. And the last trailer left me completely cold.
But this one makes me feel kind of funny. Like when we used to climb the rope in gym class.
So fine. Just take my money. I give up.
I’m with ya, JVL. The prequels destroyed almost all the good will I had toward the Star Wars franchise — Jar-Jar, Hayden Christensen being cast over 1,500(!!!) other actors as Young Darth, etc. … and Lucas tops it all by making it impossible for me to buy a version of the original trilogy to show my kids that doesn’t have his stupid “improvements.”
So I am very, very reluctant. But that opening shot of the crashed Imperial Destroyer …
p.s.- John Williams is the man.
The key to the continued success of the Star Wars franchise was/is for Lucas to relinquish creative control to others. A couple of months ago I got Netflix streaming service and watched the whole Star Wars: Clone Wars cartoon series — it was excellent (if a bit childish) and deepened the characters who know (and love/hate) from the prequels in a way you will be surprised by if you ever get around to watching.
So when Lucas sold to Disney it was a good sign — a sign that the next Star Wars movies (and spin-offs) would actually be well made.
This is a great piece by Ben Domenech that explains what I just said in more detail:
First time I’ve been excited by anything Star Wars in half a lifetime. But please explain why Luke refers to his father in the present tense. Is that a mistake or a clue?
“The Force is strong in my family. My father has it. I have it. My sister has it. You have that power too.” Is this Hammill? These phrases are a reordering of Luke’s words to Leia in the Ewok Village during Return of the Jedi. It’s unclear who the speaker is addressing, or whether the voice-over even represents dialog from the The Force Awakens. It’s entirely possible it’s simply used for dramatic effect in the trailer.
– from the IGM scene by scene analysis of the trailer
In addition to the Clone Wars, I managed to watch a few episodes of “Star Wars: Rebels” the Disney Cartoon for Star Wars. It’s delightfully campy, childishly silly (obviously for a young kids show) but really captures what “Star Wars” is meant to be.
That’s what I felt with the trailer. Capturing all the campy goodness of Star Wars from the old days with none of the pretentiousness CGI porn of the prequels.