Late last year, the internet broke in half when Disney not only announced that they bought Star Wars, but that they are making more movies.
Today, the internet went nuts again when they finally announced the new director….J.J. Abrams.
Excitement and fear was had by fanboys (as there usually is) but I have ask…what EXACTLY are we excited/fearing for?
Because with all the talk I’ve personally had of more movies (who’s going to direct them, will the original cast come back) surprisingly the least brought up subject that comes up is; what the hell are these movies going to be?
When Star Wars first came out, no one suspected anything with this film. What a difference that was comepared to the expectations and anticipation for the first prequel.
With the prequels, we as fans had a basic idea of where these films could go. We knew we were going to meet Darth Vader before he turned, we knew we were going to see Obi-Wan at his Jedi fighting prime, we knew we were going to meet Luke and Leia’s mom etc. We could speculate all day long what these movies were going to be because we knew where they had to end…they had to end with setting up the status quo for Star Wars: A New Hope.
But these new movies? What are they? Sure, we can come up with our OWN ideas of where they can go. We can look at the expanded universe novels and comics for possible direction (thought I wouldn’t count on them using ANYTHING from those…)
But the reality is….NONE OF US (outside of the Disney and the new films creative team) have any clue what these movies will be.
The Empire is destroyed. Anakins dramatic arc was fulfilled. Luke has his approval from his ghostly mentors. There isn’t any OBVIOUS place to go from this point on.
….but that does make it exciting doesn’t it?
You know what that affords us? Surprise, something that Star Wars hasn’t had in a LONG time.
The expectations of where the Prequels should/and didn’t go don’t hinder these new films.
They literally can go where they want, and that’s a reason to be both excited and afraid.
So, why do we want these new movies to be good? Anyone can argue that we don’t need them. We COULD just watch the old ones again(plus-minus the prequels/remastered versions/ewok blinking versions….your choice.) BUT, why do we still hope for the best and want these movies to work?
The same reason we wanted Episode I to be good a long long time ago; we want to be excited for the newold.
Newold? That’s what I’m calling this trend of reboots/or returning of old franchises. The Daniel Craig Bond series, the Nolan Batman films, Tron Legacy, the new Die Hards, Rambo and the 2005-now Doctor Who fall in this category. To me it means we want what we know from the series, but just done differently enough to be fresh.
Also, look at where all those franchise have in common. All these franchises fell apart in some fashion. They became stale in someway or became forgotten. They needed someone to come in, swoop in, dust it off, and remind us why we liked it the first place.
I know that’s what I felt J.J. Abrams did with his Star Trek reboot.
Not gonna lie, I’m an Abrams fan. I will defend Mission: Impossible III. I thoroughly enjoyed Abrams take on Spielberg movies (Super 8). I think the pilot to LOST is one of the best TV pilots I’ve ever seen. And man… I LOOOOOVED his Star Trek film.
Abrams is a right fit, and I think he specializes in Newold movies.
Star Wars needs that person to give it a new shine. That’s why I’m IN LOVE with the new Stars Wars comic that just came out.
I think it does great newold. It uses the old, classic versions the characters but adds new and differently elements to them. It gives us new dramatic angles to the characters that we never got to see. It also gives us plenty of elements that make Star Wars…well…Star Wars.
So…now we play the waiting game. I personally kinda hope that Disney/Lucasfilms will let Abrams usual secretive style promotion that he’s been known to do. Like I said before, I want to be surprise and Abrams understands that I want that.(I.E. Who IS the villain in Star Trek Into Darkness)
All I can say to Abrams is…good luck. If he though making the Star Trek fans happy was going to be hard, I’m pretty damn sure he knows that the Star Wars fans are going to be MUCH worse. To many fans, Abrams is the key to fixing their childhood…which is extreme, but I know they exist.
I’ve personally learned to not be like that. All I want is a fun, adventure filled movie. I want the character interaction to be engaging. I want the score to be rousing. I want the action to be exciting. I want it to be funny. I want the characters to know the stakes and to get emotionally hurt sometimes.
It isn’t that hard for Abrams. In my eyes, he’s pulled it off before. I’m not asking for the second coming, I just want it to be fun.
Just be fun. No pressure. Just be fun, because that all Star Wars ever was in the end.
And if the new movie is terrible?…hey….we’ve been through it before….