Now That’s More Like It: The Force Awakens

bb8ep 7A blog by: Thomas Williamson Domol


I love films of course. I review a lot of them, and several of you read the words I pour out to this blog in a mutual and respectful exchange that forms a beautiful intellectual bond. Getting to have a voice in the global community and the discourse therein, is a great thrill for me, even more so when the topic is a ubiquitous icon like Star Wars. We’ve known this was coming for some time now, ever since Disney went ahead and pulled off the largest acquisition of an intellectual property in the history of mankind through its 4 billion dollar purchase of Lucasfilm. Now, we’re starting to see that the tree is starting to bear fruit.

Anyone who knows me, knows how much I hated the prequels. I know a cash grab when I see one, and with the baffling continuity gaps, the awful character development, and the fact that somehow, even though this was a prequel, the technology was more advanced. Also, Jar Jar Binks is the worst character in the history of film. There, I said it. Now when the world found out that JJ Abrams would be at the helm for the first film of this epic reboot, it was met with trepidation. But not by me. Abrams is a guy who lives to make fun films. He understands that the world needs Star Wars and needs blockbuster movies to provide escapist experiences.

So there is that new trailer everyone is talking so much about. I hope you took a moment to enjoy it and savor the visual feast bestowed upon us by the benevolent folks at Disney. So let’s talk about what we just watched. This is the second teaser released for the film leading up to its December 2015 release. From the moment I saw the downed Star Destroyer I was excited because of the warm feeling of nostalgia. It looks like since Abrams has decided to go with more practical effects, in place of cgi, that he is bringing this world to a fuller realization. The aesthetic just feels right, and it’s the sign of a filmmaker who is taking painstaking effort to do right by the millions of fans this franchise means so very much to.

The mix of old and new is fantastic as it sort of bridges the gap between eras. R2, is there, the X Wing is there, and yes, so are our old friends Han and Chewie. We’ve also learned, however, that we will see many new faces, like Finn, John Boyega’s character, in some places we have yet to visit.

The time to go on a new adventure is fast approaching. This type of article is out of the ordinary for me, because I think it’s kind of silly to review something that’s not even out yet. My main takeaway from this is that for the first time in a while, the world is collectively excited about something…

And that’s pretty cool. May the Fork, I mean Force, be with you.


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