5 Reasons Why Star Wars The Force Awakens Might Suck
With the premiere of Star Wars The Force Awakens just days away and a tremendous amount of secrecy surrounding it, one fact is certain. That fact is that The Force Awakens is bound to make a great deal of money. But, like with other recent cinematic interpretations of life in a galaxy far far away, a lot of gross at the box office doesn’t necessarily mean that the quality of it will necessarily be all that good. As one who spent most of his early childhood obsessed with the original trilogy and was at first extremely excited and profoundly disappointed by The Phantom Menace and the films that followed it, I’m coming to this latest part of the Star Wars saga with extreme skepticism. In my mind, the chances of this one being well done and able to capture the magic of the original are about 50/50. I hope my worst fears are not confirmed, but here are 5 Reasons That Star Wars The Force Awakens Might Suck.
1. The Prequels: The Force Awakens may bear almost no resemblance to the prequels released in the late 2Oth and early 21st Centuries. It is set in a different time with different characters, has a different director in J.J. Abrams, and obviously has a different storyline. However, it does share one similarity with its predecessors. Like The Phantom Menace, Attack of The Clones, and Revenge of The Sith, it is a new Star Wars movie. It is not The Empire Strikes Back or Return of The Jedi that we came to love. As a result, there is a very good chance that it will be unable to match up to the movies that inspired us all so long ago. It may be hard to remember now, but the world was thrilled about the Phantom Menace being the first new Star Wars movie before it was actually seen. There seems to be similar hype about this one and like those movies it may be unable to deliver. Finally, the mediocrity of the sequels was so hard to stomach that even if The Force Awakens is excellent, people like me maybe so jaded from the prequels that we’re unable to appreciate the attributes of this one.
2. The Force Awakens Release Date Was Pushed Back:
Since I have not kept a watchful eye on when this film was bound to come out I’m not quite sure when it was slated to be released. But, what I do know, is that its release date was pushed back to December 2016, when it was meant to come out earlier. When it comes to movies this is generally not a good sign. A movie being released later than expected can sometimes be due to the fact that world events seem putting it out after a real event like it has just occurred to be in poor taste (This was the case with O and Phone Booth.) or because the studio behind it feels that it could be more successful financially if it is released at a particular time of the year. But, more likely it means that the movie had some serious issues with it that need fixing before it can be released. I’m sure there are instances where doing this has worked well. But, many times when seeing a picture that showed great promise, and then turned out to be bad this is often a reason given for its lackluster quality. Remember that Star Wars: A New Hope was released on May 25, 1977 because it and films like it tend to do well during the Summer Blockbuster period. According to what I’ve seen in the trailer, The Force Awakens appears to fit a summer release better than a holiday one. Perhaps, they didn’t release it in the summer because of problems. If that is so, that doesn’t bode well.
3. The Producers And Director Are Considering Reprising Anakin Skywalker: In recent months, a spate of stories stated that J.J. Abrams and the producers are considering having Anakin Skywalker from the prequels come back in the next two films after the Force Awakens to play Darth Vader. If that is true, even though that story arc won’t be present in this film, it doesn’t leave a good taste in my mouth. Reawakening anything from the prequels whether it be actors, dialogue or story lines is not promising. The prequels were terrible and the acting was a big part of why. Therefore, they should stay way from anyone that was involved with them. The fact that they’re even thinking of this means that this film could contain all of the things about the prequels that the public did not like. or even if they don’t, could end up being just as weak.
4. Han Solo, Leia and Luke May Be Present, But They’re Not The Central Focus: Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo and the chemistry between the actors portraying them were a big part of the success of the original three films. Fans of Star Wars came to love all three characters and the reason for that was how wonderful Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fischer were at playing them. It appears that in this movie all three of them will have a focus, but they won’t be the central focus. Instead the story appears to aim most of its attention at brand new characters that we’re all unfamiliar with. Unless the actors playing them render fabulous performances and the script is excellent, they may not be able to engender the same kind of good feelings that the original stars did. If that happens, no matter how good it may be to see Han, Luke and Leia again they won’t be able to make up for the lack of connection we may feel to the characters that they’re interacting with.
5. Return of The Jedi Will Be Forever Altered: At the end of Return of The Jedi, the Empire has been defeated, the Galaxy has been liberated, Han and Leia are together and Luke has redeemed his father. Although we were all sad to see it end, this was a solid conclusion to a brilliant set of movies that left us feeling happy. This film by its very nature will undo all of that. Based on whats been shown and leaked to the public, the years since the victory of the Rebel Alliance have not been kind especially to those characters we came to love. As good as this movie could be, it may prove too difficult to see that the conclusion of The Return of The Jedi will be seen differently from the moment that The Force Awakens starts. For fans of Jedi like myself, that may be tough to see.
I haven’t seen the original trilogy in sixteen years because the prequels forever altered my preconceptions about its origins. My preconceptions about The aftermath of life in the galaxy after the fall of the Empire will no doubt be changed by this film and its sequels, and that may mean I won’t like it.
So, there are my reasons that Star Wars The Force Awakens Might Suck. I hope that I’m proven wrong, but I’m not exactly cautiously optimistic.