Star Wars Celebration kicked off today in Anaheim California. This is a semi-annual convention that gathers all available Star Wars fans into one convention center and lets them express their love for the ultimate sci-fi franchise. 2015 was always going to be a big year for the convention as this would be the year where a Celebration would take place the same year a new Star Wars film is going to be released. Producer Kathleen Kennedy and Writer/Director J.J. Abrams were present for the first panel and they also brought a little present… a brand new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer. And it does not disappoint.
I’m not going to have too much to say about this mainly due to the fact that I’m having a hard time gathering my words. After watching the trailer I sat for a while, watched it again, sat for a while, and then tried to be productive. I literally could not get out of my seat to start something. I just sat in awe of the beauty of the trailer.
AMC’s Jon Campea gave the best commentary when it came to the first Force Awakens teaser. Essentially he didn’t even call it a teaser, it is an “announcement trailer.” I think that’s a great description. The first teaser consisted of seven different shots, Jon Williams’ score and the title card. It served its purpose in announcing that the film is happening and that it is the real deal. This second teaser is a true teaser. We can’t go as far as to call it a trailer as there is no real sense of plot or introduction to characters. It is a real teaser in that it gives us more glimpses of the film and the world we are going to experience.
I become like a little kid every time something new from this film is released. We are being delivered something truly magical with The Force Awakens. The trailer gives us glimpses of a world where the old empire has fallen. We hear Luke Skywalker repeating lines from Return of the Jedi, a new generation of Jedi is rising. New glimpses at brand new characters as well as our first look at an aged Han Solo and Chewbacca.
The only thing I really want to comment on is the look of the film. It looks and feels real. You’ve all heard the complaints before, “the prequels look too digital/fake.” The reason you always hear those complaints is because it is true. Attack of the Clones was the first blockbuster to be filmed completely with a digital camera (as oppose to film) and you can tell. It is obvious that The Force Awakens’ crew used film here and it looks great. Abrams has been adamant in assuring the fans that real sets were built, practical effects will be used and this world will feel lived in. I love how gritty and dirty certain things look.
The Force Awakens is truly special. After this film there will be spin-off movies and Episode VIII and IX. Sadly, Star Wars is going to lose some of its magic once we are receiving a film every year. Don’t get me wrong, we will still be excited and the films are going to be great, but there will be a lost sense of anticipation once we start to get an annual Star Wars film. With The Force Awakens though, we don’t know what this new experience holds for us and we get to go into it with fresh eyes.
Let me encourage you, don’t read about the film too much before its release. Don’t analyze the trailer frame by frame. Don’t read every behind-the-scenes interview. All of those things will still be there next year after it has been released. For now, live in the mystery and experience The Force Awakens as naive as possible. Let that first viewing of the film inform you of this world, not a wikipedia page months before its release. These trailers are perfectly designed to show you what Disney and Abrams want you to see before the film is released. Enjoy the trailers and get hyped for the movie, December 18th can’t get here fast enough.
All images gathered from Collider.com
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