Simon Pegg said it best when he said “Being a geek means never having to play it cool about how much you like something.” In 1977, Star Wars came out in theaters and a fandom was born. Three decades later, that fandom was divided into three groups and now that Disney owns the franchise, whip out your calculators folks: the math is about to get serious. I remember when my dad sat me down and we powered through four, five, and six for the first time. I fell in love with cinema that day. He told me about how cool it was to be working in theaters when A New Hope came out and how epic it was when Lucas dropped the father-bomb on audiences for the first time.
No matter which trilogy or individual Star Wars movie brought you to the fan side, there is one commonality that keeps us all bound to the ever expanding universe, and that is at one point in our lives, there was nothing more exciting than the Wars. As a fan of both trilogies so far, I get heat for it, but it’s always appreciated. Don’t chastise anyone for liking any part of this beautiful universe; appreciate each fan for their own unique perspective. I love the fact that there are fans of the original series that don’t really care for the new trilogy. If you think about it, it just goes to show you that they love Star Wars as much as you and set even higher expectations based on that love.
And now, Disney has promised us a Star Wars movie once a year for at least the next five years. A new generation of Star Wars movies both a part of the saga, and some stand alone features that explore even more of the force. I’m here to say that it’s okay to get excited. I mean, excitement is half the magic of going to the movies anyway. The feeling that you get when you think to yourself “this could be the greatest movie of all time” is the main reason that you buy that midnight ticket in the first place.
Here’s what we know: J.J. Abrams (Star Trek, Super 8) has been locked in for directing. The biggest concern so far is this: Will he be able to make a Star Wars movie that is overall different from Star Trek, yet brings that same epic feeling that he’s brought to the Trek franchise? Abrams has caught a lot of criticism for his use of the infamous lens-flare technique in Star Trek, but he’s handled it like a gentlemen. Star Wars fans just want to make sure that their new movies stand far enough away from the rival franchise’s hit(s) and that the saga is either continued in amazing tradition or that it isn’t squandered like the prequel trilogy. It’s also pretty settled that the three actors who star in the original trilogy will be reprising their roles as Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Princess Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher), and the ever popular anti-hero Han Solo (Harrison Ford).
So there you have it fans, a half decade of the Wars…so far. We know Disney has the bank, but is the talent enough for us? What is your favorite Star Wars memory? What are your thoughts concerning the future of Star Wars? Let us know what you think!