So I’m sticking to my guns here and going ahead with thinking that Star Wars Episode 7 will probably be a great movie and a great
Star Wars movie at that, made by a Star Wars fan and fantastic sci-fi director JJ Abrams. I’d say the franchise is in good hands and after two fantastic trailers and a tonne of hype, the world is ready for a new Star Wars film.
Here are my reasons:
. New (potential favourites) characters
Star Wars is great at introducing great, beloved characters, yes even in the prequels we have Qui-Gonn, Obi Wann,
Jar Jar, and so on, it’s a franchise that has ample opportunity and chance for noble, quirky or downright evil characters from a variety of species. The new filmmakers for Star Wars must be more than happy to be inheriting such a rich, vast universe to create from and I’m sure we’ll get some future fan favourite characters, just from Episode 7, already calling Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) as one.
. Returning favourites
The prequels are set before the original films chronologically so that meant no returning favourites which was a shame, but not anymore as the new trilogy is a continuation of the story after Return Of The Jedi, meaning new characters and classic old favourites, Luke, Leia, Han Solo, C3PO, R2D2, Chewbacca. Seeing the original trilogies’ characters interact with their new world and new characters is something any long time Star Wars fan should look forward to and it should be great to watch, seeing the characters and how they are now and what’s changed with them.
. Better technology
It’s 2015, the last Star Wars film came out almost 10 years ago now and Revenge Of The Sith looked visually fantastic, so imagine how good The Force Awakens will in full HD and in an IMAX theatre… yeah. CG tech has come leaps and bounds in the past few years and even from the trailer, things are looking great already, seeing the Milennium Falcon, Tie fighters, new locales/planets in glorious 2015 high visual specs should be something.
. (Potentially) more Sith and Jedi
This one is a bit of hunch but the film’s called the Force awakens.. we see a Sith in the trailer, Luke is in it, so yeah I’m guessing we’ll be seeing some new introductions to both sides which is awesome, we are yet to see any all out wars between Jedi and Sith in a Star Wars movie and the prospect of that is awesome. If one theory I’ve heard about does end up happening, with force sensitive characters in the film waking up to the force in a sense, that allows potential for adding of various Jedi and Sith.
The prequels were chock full of Jedi but it was mainly a Jedi/Republic vs separatist/Trade federation fight, with Count Dooku, Darth Maul, the emperor and eventually Anakin being the only Sith. For The Force Awakened so far we have at least 4 force sensitive people in Luke, being a Jedi, Leia, Kylo Ren as a Sith and the force sensitive person that Luke is talking to in the 2nd trailer.
. JJ Abrams is directing
This one is a bit of a no brainer in my opinion, Abrams directs great visionary sci-fi films and he knows how to make a good cohesive film, the prequels can be openly criticised for being bloated and for their clunky dialogue but Abrams should bring a modern, concise touch to Star Wars. With great action, brilliant visuals – a staple for JJ Abrams and importantly some better dialogue, Star Wars is a space drama but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t deserve quality scripts, you can already see some Abrams-isms in some shots in the trailers, the fast zoom when following ships in flight and some lens flare.
Nod bad things per se, I think the franchise is going in a great direction.