The internet stopped several days ago with the release of a new teaser trailer for the upcoming Star Wars film. Unlike the first teaser trailer, this one showed us not only some new characters, but more importantly, some old ones. Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) narrated the trailer, while Harrison Ford (Han Solo) made an appearance at the end with his favorite furry friends. These two specific additions to the new trailer caused quite the sensation around the internet, and around the world. And while there may be split feelings about reviving the Star Wars franchise, I think it’s safe to say that the majority of people cannot wait for the Christmas release.
Sure, maybe the purists are upset, but judging solely based on the cast and the trailer, I would say that The Force Awakens could be a great movie. It looks promising so far. But even if the film ended up not being everything everyone hoped it would be, I don’t think it would damper the hype, at least not much.
The Force Awakens is going to be Star Wars for a whole new generation. For people like me (young adults), our parents were the ones who saw the original trilogy in theaters. We saw the new movies in theaters, and although those movies were largely disappointing, the original trilogy was part of our childhood. We watched those movies when we were little; we grew up with them. The original characters, like Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, are incredibly nostalgic for us.
And now there will be movies for kids today to watch. And for us, the nostalgic generation to watch. And for the original generation to watch. This Star Wars movie is going to be for everyone. It’s going to revive one of the greatest, most loved franchises in all of movie history. It’s going to appeal to every age/gender/demographic audience. But more than being just a guaranteed blockbuster, The Force Awakens is going to be a beautiful moment for those old enough to have seen the original trilogy in theaters, those of us who grew up watching the movies as children, and an exciting beginning for a whole new generation of Star Wars fans.