For many Star Wars fans, Friday, December 18th, 2015 will be a day of the rebirth of a popularized franchise. While many people are excited about the film, there are still a few who questioned the outcome of the new Star Wars movie, the Force Awakens. Since 1999, the three new Star Wars movies, prequels to the 1977 classic, disappointed fans of every age. One thing is clear, these fans have a right to be skeptical.
Since 1977, Star Wars has taken the public by storm with its innovative storytelling and timeless concept of good versus evil. The series fueled the public with iconic characters such as Yoda and Darth Vader and gave us countless plot twist to have us sitting at the edge of our seats. To continue, the answer to why people love the movies is actually pretty straightforward. It provides an outlet for our overly active imagination of advanced galaxies, futuristic equipment, and of course the classic plots tales of love, war, and family.
When the 1999 Star Wars Episode I: the Phantom Menace came out, many of the fans, similar to today, were excited to learn more about Darth Vader’s roots and the dark and demonic Sith Lord Darth Maul. The double-edge light saber, the pod racing, new evil antagonist, and star loaded cast made the movie intriguing. But when it came down to theaters, it gave the entire franchise a very difficult start. Continuing with this low level performance, Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, seemed to excite new fans to watch the movies, but not enough to create another cohort of die-hard fans like The Force Awakens in 1977.
With such failures in the past, the Force Awakens has a lot of expectations to perform well for both the public and its die-hard fans. So it would not be a surprise for fans of the 1977 classic to be skeptical about how well this film will do. New York Times, however, states that the Force Awakens delivers thrills and excitement with a touch of humanity. While it may not create or revolutionize the Star Wars fandom, it does take the stagnant franchise back into the pop culture scene. J.J. Abrams, the director of the movie, seems to be the perfect fit for this francize. As an adolescent of the series when he was 11 and a student of Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams understands the wants and need for a good Star Wars movie. That in turn, he also comprehends the hype of and importance a good Star Wars movie means to the fans.
While we will just have to wait till Friday, December 18th, 2015, all I have to say is that I am excited to see what they can deliver. For now, the trailer and leading star John Boyega’s reaction will have to do.