Here it is. The day has finally arrived. Little over a decade since the last theatrical episode of the Star Wars saga was released, The Clone Wars (2008) not withstanding, Episode VII has finally arrived. By tomorrow morning we will finally have an idea as to whether Star Wars can find its feet again after the less than satisfactory Prequel Trilogy.
But whether this is a masterpiece or not, a box office hit it will be regardless and more films are already on the production line either way.
Next December we can expect Godzilla’s (2014) Gareth Edwards’ Rogue One (2016), followed by Episode VIII (2017) in the summer of 2017, directed by Looper’s (2012) Ryan Johnson, as well as the Han Solo movie helmed by none other than The Lego Movie’s Chris Miller and Phil Lord, and that is just for starters.
So, what do we really want from Star Wars in 2015? The truth is that we can never see the likes of A New Hope (1977) again, let alone The Empire Strikes Back (1980), as they were breaking new ground in a climate which supported them.
Now it is all down to loyalty and familiarity. It is about seeing the Luke, Han and Leia, The Millienium Falcon, Tie Fighters and Darth Vader, even if he is just a charred helmet.
Even the prequels, which have become the focus of hate to many over the years are still being watched by millions, kids seem not care about the betrayal felt by us 30 and 40 somethings who wanted the saga to grow up with us and where more than disappointed when it did not.
But maybe in the hands of new producers and directors the saga can steer its way from product placement and more towards story telling, good bad or ugly, at least try to maintain some integrity, something sorely lacking from Lucas’s cynical effort in the naughties.
So, tonight I am off to a 3D IMAX screen to see the revival of Star Wars where it was meant to be, on the big screen, loud and proud. Let us just hope that we can manage our expectations, enjoy the show for what it is and even if it is a let down, so what. We will still be back for the next one, next Christmas and play the DVD or Blu-rays at infinitum.
Check back for my review soon…