A series of film reviews and opinion pieces from a film student and all round movie lover! Happy reading!
We are closing in on the 17th of December as every hour passes. We all know what this means, Pope Francis’ 79th birthday celebrations are getting closer and closer! Personally, I can’t wait, however it’s rather upsetting that a certain film may or may not be opening in Australia on the same day and jeopardising proceedings…
A little independent flick by the name of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens is less than two months away and with that, the final trailer was released, taking the internet into hyper drive in the process.
Be it known from the offset, I am not a diehard fan of Star Wars, I’ve always been indifferent about the films, even the classics.
They are iconic landmarks in cinema and have spawned a religious following that is simply incomprehensible to fellow indifferent folk, however that speaks volumes of just how culturally and universally significant Star Wars is, like it or not. That is something I can appreciate wholeheartedly.
The trailers, teasers and other associated promotional material has generated mass hype, as expected, however the most recent trailer has done what few blockbusters have managed to do; give us a lot but tell us nothing.
There is plenty to speculate over within the two and a half-minute trailer, yet that’s all it shall remain, speculation.
The score is one of the first things to hit you. Iconic as ever but with a slightly modern tweak, John Williams’ presence can once again be felt and experienced in part of its full glory.
Tonally, it’s fair to say that we can expect something darker, more on-edge and fuelled with action. The darker aspects can be seen as Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren mentally torturing Oscar Isaac’s character Poe Dameron for example.
I believe the dark route is the correct choice with the film, but J.J. Abrams should be conscious as not to omit the fun and inspiring qualities Star Wars quintessentially possesses.
The characters seem diverse and intriguing across the board. John Boyega’s Finn does not appear to be the central protagonist, that role seems to belong to Daisy Ridley’s Rey, a scavenger who dreams of escaping to something greater.
Kylo Renn has generated the most buzz by a long shot, and with good reason. The central antagonist and Darth Vadar enthusiast, Renn’s presence is ominous and threatening to say the least.
The final shot is an extension on previously teased shots from a snowy forest setting and sees Finn engaging in light sabre combat with Renn.
From this one split-second shot alone, we see that Renn is vicious, aggressive and brutish, whilst Finn is on the back foot, looking frightened and intimidated. This spawns a lot of curiosity regarding the context of the scene and the basic qualities of the characters.
Enough has been presented to generate speculation, however there is still not enough for anything to be spoiled.
We’ve been treated to a lot more Han Solo; even a shot of an emotional Leia pressed against his chest, yet still no Luke! Where is Luke?!
This is fantastic for many reasons, mostly because it demonstrates a courtesy and methodology within the promotional process.
The fans are fickle in their demands; they want content but don’t want things to be spoiled for them. The balancing act is extremely difficult to achieve, yet it truly feels as if they got it right with Episode VII.
For Abrams to insist on revealing Skywalker to everybody for the first time as they sit in the theatres shows a real attention to detail and investment in the material.
Ultimately, the trailer for Episode VII is rather spectacular. It appears to have satisfied the diehards and amazed the newcomers; rendering it a success. The long wait begins for the real thing, but it’s time to appreciate the fact that we are once again in a period of time where a Star Wars film is upon us!
This time however, we have no idea about where the story will go, it doesn’t need to tie in to anything, it’s free to expand however it likes which is an exciting thought.
Abrams will undoubtedly be respectful with the once in a lifetime chance he has been given, and we’re so close to witnessing exactly what he has done, it’s almost palatable.
Personally, not being an enormous fan of Star Wars, it’s simply incredible to take a step back and see just how important it is to some people.
Even if Episode VII bombs (which it’s guaranteed not to) and joins the infamous trio of prequel film in the infinite pit of despair, the fact that the announcement and anticipation of a single motion picture is generating this much universal hype is something truly special and demonstrates the sheer power of cinema.