Today I had the pleasure of hearing Pablo Hidalgo of Lucasfilm speak at my college. He is a former Creative Communications grad and now he’s a Creative Executive at Lucasfilm. He is also a part of the Lucasfilm Story Group that created the plot for the upcoming movie, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. On top of this, the new Star Wars trailer was uploaded to YouTube on Oct. 19—it already has 52 million views—and the Kinda Funny crew obviously had to do some analysis on it. I’m happy they did a Reacts video, and that they discussed it for topic one of the GameOverGreggy show this week. So with all this Star Wars talk going on, I decided I’d give my thoughts about the trailer and the upcoming movie.
I will preface this by saying that Star Wars has a place in my heart, but I am not a hardcore fan. I’d say I’m the “average” fan. I don’t know all the lore, and I never sought out any complementary materials to the movies. I do love the original trilogy, which I saw for the first time when I was very young—I remember my parents renting the VHS tapes for me around the age of four or five. I’ve seen the originals a few times since then, and I believe they hold up today. I was a teenager when the prequel trilogy came out, and I’ve seen them a couple times, but I’m not a huge fan. They are definitely not as good as the originals for multiple reasons, but paramount among them, I’ll say the stories are weak, as are the characters.
Now with all that said, I’m pretty excited for this new movie! I’m so ready to dive back into the Star Wars universe, meet these new characters, and see the main characters from the original trilogy again. I’ve watched the new trailer about eight times, and every time I hear the Han/Leia love ballad I get chills. I love the shots of Darth Vader’s melted helmet, the falling tie fighter, and every scene with Kylo Ren. Luke Skywalker’s absence from the trailer and movie poster has me very curious (as is everyone else)—I’m almost buying into the possibility he is actually Kylo Ren. I’m very curious about John Boyega’s character and whether or not he is a jedi (I’m hearing multiple opinions that he is not). To me it feels like Daisy Ridley’s character—who appears to be Han and Leia’s daughter—is going to be the star of the show, and I wonder if she’ll actually be our main jedi.
My expectations for Star Wars have never been higher. I think that everyone who worked on this movie handled it with care and consideration of what the fans want, and I think it’s going to be an exciting first entry to a great trilogy.
Let me know what your thoughts are about the trailer, and how excited, or uninterested you are about the new Star Wars movie, in the comments below!
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens opens December 18, 2015