Posted by : Stephanie | December 16, 2015
On the eve of its re-reboot, let’s talk about our deepest hopes and fears. Let’s get it all out there. Like you, I love love love the original Star Wars trilogy. The real real original cuts before George Lucas started messing around with them. (Why was he all up in there messing around with them and destroying all the original stuffs??) We all survived the worst possible scenario with the, I don’t even know what to call them, the new movies that took place on a timeline to be actually old movies.
They sucked. And why did they suck? Well from where I was sitting, it was the kids. Bless their hearts, the new kid stars just weren’t as epic as a young Harrison or Carrie or Mark. That trilogy of actors all have the rare presence to last the ages, whereas Hayden and even Natalie (surprisingly) didn’t have the chops for these grandest of roles.
This time around, as Star Wars do-se-do’s across the pop culture dance floor yet another time, its new partner swinging it round and round is JJ Abrams visavis Disney. Did you see that 60 Minutes with him? They said that basically his “daunting task” is to justify Disney’s $4 billion stake in the franchise plus the over $200 million they’re spending on this one movie. Wall Street expects no less than $1.5 billion from the venture. Oh lordy, may the Force be with him!
JJ said he wanted to take the filmmaking back to its roots, so lots of built sets and filming for realz on location. They were in Abu Dhabi in 125 degree weather and he said he had to remind himself to be a director, not a fanboy, as he squealed inwardly as Storm Troopers populated his desert landscape. What he also did, which I feel like I’m gonna love, is that he co-wrote the script with one of the original writers from back in the day, Lawrence Kasdan, so how could that go wrong? Plus also he said he wanted the world to look like our world today, hence a multi-culti, gender equal cast (plus a female robot omg omg!!!).
In fact, according to the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media‘s recent Facebook post, “In a survey conducted by Fandango, the results show 67.8% of men preordered tickets for the upcoming Star Wars film, and are most excited to see the character Rey, a female desert scavenger, on screen. And they say men won’t watch movies featuring women..” YES Y’ALL!
And of course JJ’s the remake king. His Star Trek movies are great, imho. Those kids, Pine, Quinto and actually all of them, feel super epic and like they have chops for the ages and are worthy of their predecessors. Then 60 Minutes goes into this whole Hollywood insider thing like Spielberg is JJ’s BFF and got him the job blah blah spare me whatevs. Cut to self congratulations etc.
Apparently as you probably know, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, picks up some decades after the end of Return of the Jedi. Does that make it a post-quel? And JJ says the film swoops into the world (my words lol) at a classic Star Wars moment — a desperate moment. He’s exploring the happily ever after concept. What happens when Cinderella closes the door to the honeymoon suite? Did the rebels quell their foes forever? Of course not. We will find the world doubled down in crisis. And I’m assuming we’ll tackle these travails with the philosophical anchors of old, the Joseph Campbell heroine’s journey with its globally recognizable mythological archetypes consisting of challenges, a spirit guide, a coming of age, a failure, a reckoning, and more.
So to summarize: JJ isn’t horrible, there’s an original writer up in there, oh oh and of course John Williams is doing the score! How bad can this new Star Wars be? It might even be… good? I’m going to see it next week with Morgan at the newly opened Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in San Francisco, a concept where you can like eat and drink in the theater and stuff? (omg is it gonna be annoying that servers are walking around during my time with my favorite rebels?) And I’m bringing my R2D2 purse I got at Disneyland. So there’s that.
My only thing is that I hate these burning cross looking light sabers:
But honestly I’m getting swept up in all the excitement! I’m hopeful. Truly. I’m not ready to go Dark Side on this, not yet. I’m hoping the disappointments of the past stay in a galaxy far, far away…