10. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Out of all of the movies being released this year, this is by far the one that I’m most ambivalent about seeing. The original Star Wars trilogy were my favorite movies as a child. But, the god awful prequels that came out in 1999, 2002, and 2005 forever altered my feeling towards the franchise. So, I’m not holding my breath.
Having said that there is room for some hope. Although I’m unfamiliar with the directing chops of J.J. Abrams, a lot of people love him and he appears to have come to this film with the unbridled enthusiasm that only a true fan can, which could work in his favor. Additionally, the return of Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher is cause for excitement and may yield some good things. But, the fact that it is possible that some of the actors from the prequels may return to reprise their roles in the sequels to The Force Awakens is disconcerting. Although doing so may not effect this movie, given that some of them were absolutely terrible and tarnished the Star Wars legacy my fears are hardly allayed.
The prequels were so terrible that they took a perfect franchise and forever scarred it. So, if Abrams is not willing to disregard them and stick with the excellent aspects of the original trilogy then it does not bode well for this picture.
I will see Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but I’m not over the moon with anticipation for it.