By Robert Kondo
The Dark Side, the Jedi: they’re real! Well, real in the Star Wars universe anyways. Lucas Films dropped its newest and final trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens Monday, October 18 and let’s just say I MAY have watched it 10 times and MAY have almost cried each time (all the feels T.T).
First, let’s get one thing clear. This isn’t some crazed fan boy article about how wonderfully amazing Star Wars is (let’s be honest doh, it’s amazing), but rather a journey of how I anticipate and watch big movie blockbusters. Even if you’ve never seen a Star Wars movie (*gasp*) or have no general interest in Sci Fi movies (OTL), THAT’S OK! My goal is to give you some info and perspective to maybe go and see this movie (oh did I mention, it’s being released internationally…on the same day!? *in most countries anyways, including Japan*). BUT HERE WE GO!
What You Need To Know:
Directed by JJ Abrams (Lost, Star Trek), Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens is the newest installment in the Star Wars saga. Taking place 30 years after the events of the 1983 movie Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi, we are greeted with a whole new cast of young characters accompanied with the original cast (and composer) from the first trilogy.
Let’s start by watching the trailer:[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGbxmsDFVnE&w=560&h=315]
It’s only been four days (it’s Friday as I write this @~@) and the trailer has grossed almost 40 million views on YouTube! 40 MILLION!? More or less, the trailer introduces many of the leading characters (all amazing actors and actresses) with a bit of spoken clues sprinkled about. What this trailer does well is give you exactly what you see and hear through raw emotion: a longing for adventure, a journey of self-discovery, a vengeful vow, and a history that is more than just a story.
Normally I search and scour the internet for every clue and hidden Easter Egg in the trailer, digging up potential plot lines and connections to previous movies to share with family and friends. But for the sake of suspense, we’re going to stick to the basics of why you should see this movie!
The Story Is Everything (Possible Spoilers Ahoy!):
With my limited gathered knowledge about the potential plot and character backgrounds, I can honestly say that you can go watch this movie without any previous exposure to the Star Wars universe and still enjoy it. Though the general atmosphere resonates with the original universe (a testament to Abrams and his team), this movie acts as a passing of the torch. We get to follow the paths of these new characters with the hope of them converging with old yet familiar faces.
The trailer gives fans what they want to see: familiar characters, technology, and relationships. What it offers potential viewers is a gateway into a universe that has spanned six movies, many TV series, comics, and books, and is on the verge of giving birth to a third generation of Star Wars fans (that’s right we are all Star Wars babies!).
Also, if you`ve never experienced going to see a movie in Japan (it’s an experience!) I would suggest using this as an opportunity this winter holiday season to go and see this movie! Even if you don`t end up liking it you can still say you saw a movie in a Japanese theater and understood everything that was said ^~^. Best of luck, and may the Force be with you, always!
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens will be screening at participating theaters Friday, December 18th.
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