Awaken Your Inner Jedi
by Nicholas Taborsky on Friday, November 6th, 2015
It’s not out yet, but that doesn’t mean that fans are not totally excited about what is sure to be the biggest movie event in 10 years: the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This movie will be released in theatres on December 18th and I for one will be there to witness its pure “epic-ness.” It is the seventh Star Wars film and the first of the sequel trilogy. The first film, Star Wars: A New Hope, was released in 1977 and represented the first of the original trilogy. Since then, five additional films—two in the original trilogy and the other three in the prequel trilogy—have been released.
On October 19th, Disney, which now owns LucasFilms, that now produces the Star Wars movies, released the latest official trailer. The trailer opens with a girl, later revealed as Rey, shrouded in layers of clothing and sand goggles, moving stealthily through some dark metal structure.
After Rey, the trailer shows Fin, a disenchanted storm trooper (for non-fans, storm troopers are bad guys dressed in futuristic white armor), who tells us that he was raised to do one thing, but now he has “nothing to fight for.” From this, we can infer that he was once a storm trooper but has now since disconnected himself from what people are calling the New Order, an empire made to succeed the fallen Sith Empire (the empire that was ruled by Darth Vader).
The trailer then portrays what looks like a Darth Vader worshipper and for those who don’t know, Vader is the ultimate bad guy from the earlier firms. This Vader worshipper is Kylo Ren, who when staring at Darth Vader’s melted mask says, “Nothing will stand in our way. I will finish what you started.” At that revelation, I almost dropped my movie trailer popcorn.
Rey then goes over scenes of battling X-Wings and TIE Fighters, implying that enough time has passed to make the battles between the Jedi and the Sith just historical rumors. Han Solo (Harrison Ford) then tells Rey, “it’s true…all of it.” Han tells her that the Jedi, the Dark Side, and everything else are all real. The trailer then shows us fight scenes, explosions, and more lightsabers, adding to my excitement for the actual movie. At the end of the trailer, the same voice that asked Rey at the beginning about who she is, tells Rey that the Force is “calling to you,” and whispers “just let it in.” The trailer concludes with the famous Star Wars logo slowly appearing on the screen.
On a side note, it disturbed me to read that a Twitter feed called #BoycottStarWarsVII raged in various ways about the lack of white male lead actors. Those that tweeted the hashtag made racist and ridiculous remarks, claiming the movie was “anti-white” and that it was an attempt of “white genocide.” These claims don’t need to garner a major reaction, but it is important to note that Star Wars is all about embracing our differences and similarities “in a galaxy far, far away.”
Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens on December 18th. You can and should, get your tickets online now before they disappear.
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