Settle down, nerds! While you were still digesting your Thanksgiving meals, the first teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released in theaters and internets across the nation.
Now, I write this from the perspective of somebody who likes and appreciates Star Wars a lot, but is not a die hard fan. And let me tell you, it is a hard world to be somebody who likes, but doesn’t love, Star Wars. Most people consider Star Wars to be foremost in their cinema education. For me, franchises like Indiana Jones, James Bond, and Toy Story always impacted me more. But this is not my moment in the sun: this day is for you. I just join actively discrediting myself.
This teaser clocks in at well under two minutes, so it is nearly impossible to get any plot details out of it. And for those of you trying to craft an entire story out of this, please shut off the internet and pay attention your family. Your kids are probably starving or want to go to a water park right now or something. Anyway, it is hard to deny how undeniably cool this trailer is. With just a brief glimpse, J.J. Abrams has nailed the look of the original films, which is basically western space opera. It is nice to see that directors today are still influenced by the likes of John Ford and David Lean.
Like the trailer for Jurassic World did a few days ago, the teaser for The Force Awakens tugs hard at the nostalgia heart strings. It is beyond just seeing the Millennium Falcon again; just hearing that song stirs all kinds of excitement in me that I didn’t even know existed. The Force awakens inside all of us. It doesn’t matter how old you are or how obsessed you are with Star Wars. You can be as bitter and cynical about tentpole franchises as I am and still be excited for December 2015. I guess what I am saying is that Oscar Isaac will save America.
I knew something about this trailer looked familiar…