A long time ago (well, last week) in a galaxy far, far away (YouTube), J.J. Abrams and his associates at Lucasfilm and Disney gave us a first peek at what they have planned for the much-anticipated ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’, née ‘Episode VII’. Now that you’ve seen the teaser trailer, are you hyped up with excitement, or do you have the proverbial bad feeling about this?
Obviously, as an early teaser, the trailer doesn’t show us much – though I’m actually a little surprised that it has more footage than I expected. From what I see, the movie looks like typical J.J. Abrams, just playing in the ‘Star Wars’ sandbox this time rather than ‘Star Trek’. It’s a lot of flashy visuals, with a disappointing abundance of shaky-cam, teal, and gimmicky trick shots (like that Millennium Falcon loop-the-loop) designed to draw attention to how “awesome” they are. None of which is at all stylistically consistent with the prior six movies in the franchise.
That soccer ball droid looks stupid, and the lightsaber with the extra lightsaber hilts is one of the dumbest things I’ve ever seen. (Whoever wields that thing is guaranteed to accidentally chop off his own hand or slice himself open.) And for all his blather about building lots of practical sets and props, the whole movie looks like a bunch of CGI crap to me.
But, again, it’s a teaser. That shot of the X-Wings skimming the water is neat. The movie’s really going to succeed or fail based on the quality of its script and story. Given how lame ‘Star Trek into Darkness’ was, I’m inclined to be skeptical of whatever Abrams has planned here, but bringing back original screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan is probably a good sign.
My feelings on this are mixed. What’s your take?