Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens might just be the biggest event in cinema since the dawn of time. Despite the fact that it’s following three hated instalments, it’s the most highly anticipated film in recent memory, and it’s had a huge amount of hype for almost a year already, and it’s still three months away! But as we enter the final run up to its release, I’m starting to have a few. Don’t get me wrong, I both want and hope this film to be excellent, but I’m starting to see a few red flags, so here are 5 reasons I’m worried about Star Wars – The Force Awakens.
1 – No Talk and All Trousers
We’re around three months away, and here are a list of actors we haven’t heard speak yet. John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac (we heard him shout if you count that?), Gwendoline Christie, Domhnall Gleeson, Adam Driver, and there’s more than that. That’s almost all of the lead actors. This screams one thing to me – Jar Jar. Ok, so it’s impossible for all of them to be as hideous as Binks, but I just feel like they’re hiding something.
2 – The Theories
I love a good fan theory, as somebody in the internet space, it’s a part of what I do, but there are more fan theories surrounding this film than Game of Thrones Season 6. My issue here is that by now, I’ve heard so many of them, regardless of how plausible they are, that almost any surprise or twist has probably already been ruined.
3 – Going Solo… Or Skywalker
Similar to my last point, we almost certainly know that one or more of the characters is going to be to be either the son or daughter of Luke, Leia and / or Han Solo. While I do like the idea of still following the Skywalker family we’ve grown to love, wouldn’t it be nice if this was a surprise? As it is it’s so obvious that it’s more of a ‘who’ and less of an ‘if’.
4 – The J.J. Stands For Jar Jar?
I’ve been a huge fan of J.J. Abrams since he first came onto the scene with Lost. I think he’s an excellent storyteller, and a great director. But not everybody agrees. A lot of Star Trek fans aren’t too fond of him, because of the way he treated their favourite property. If he does the same thing with Star Wars, there are going to be a lot of unhappy people.
5 – Expectations
This is the big one. Nothing kills a film like expectations, and boy does this film have high expectations. For some people, myself included, if this film is a 7 out of 10, I’ll be pretty happy, but for other people, this has to be a game changing, industry altering, mind-blowing masterpiece. I know how hard it can be to temper expectations, but we really need to try.
Are you worried about Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens? Do you share any of my potential issues? Share any and all thoughts in the comments.
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