Two big things happened for Star Wars fans this week. First, was the release of the first full official trailer of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Second, tickets for the movie are now available for purchase. Now I’m certainly excited for this movie, and I’ll admit that there are bigger Star Wars fans out there than me. I’ve been pestering friends for the last couple days to see if they’d be free to see the film opening weekend. Unfortunately I don’t live near an Alamo Drafthouse cinema where they’re doing marathon events for the opening, but from what I gathered on Monday when the tickets went on sale the servers exploded faster than the Death Star. So it goes without saying that there’s a ton of hype surrounding the latest instalment in the Star Wars franchise. I mean, who could blame theme? From trailers alone we see a beautiful combination of nostalgia that we crave with just enough new stuff to keep us on our toes, guessing what every scene could possibly mean. This new trailer more so as it gives us glimpses of almost all new footage the we’ve yet too see. And with the movie being released in just two months, there’s a lot to be excited about. But, despite all my excitement there’s a lingering sense of dread in the back of my head that just won’t go away.
I think the expression “once bitten, twice shy” appropriately sums up my hesitations about this film. Sure the production values look fantastic, the cast is killer, and George Lucas isn’t involved in the production apart from consulting, but I can’t help but feel that we’re building up this film only to have it crashing down like a shot down x-wing. We look at this franchise with rose-coloured glasses, but we often forget that there was “new star wars” stuff years ago that we were excited about… and look how that turned out. Polygon’s Charlie Hall expresses similar sentiments in his article on how we’ve been burned by Star Wars hype before.
It’s true that this is different a different film. We certainly have a lot more going for us, partially because the experiences of the new trilogy (hopefully soon to be dubbed the mediocre trilogy) have taught us what NOT to do when it comes to Star Wars. Only time will tell whether or not this will be worth the build up, there’s still a lot we don’t know about the movie apart from the odd interview or behind the scenes photo. I’m excited for the film, but I’m not going to fall for the the trap of blindly following the hype.