Before I can talk about the featurette, I need a minute to rant about how the prequels lost the magic.
With the exception of Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, and Ray Park, the movies were horribly casted. And to top it off, Neeson and Park’s characters die in the first movie! They were two of the more interesting people and they just die, it was freaking annoying. A plot about trade federations and politics, really? The plot for the first set of movies was about the fight for freedom from an oppressive tyrant. It was simple and elegant because everyone can relate to the idea of freedom from “The Man.” All of the green screens in the prequels made everything look sterile and cold, plus all of the CGI characters looked like they belonged in a cartoon. The big battle between the Gungans and the robots looked like something out of a Pixar or DreamWorks animation movie, not a Star Wars film. Don’t get me started on the abomination that is the Gungans. One of the greatest villains in movie history was reduced to a little bitch duped by an old man. I just want to pretend Hayden Christensen is non-existent in the world of acting since he is unable to act. The only good thing to come out of the prequels was the final lightsaber battle between Obi-Wan and Anakin.
Okay, the rant is over. Now to how the new movie just might bring the magic back.
The first few seconds of the featurette is dedicated to showing us the sets, appeasing those of us who hated all the green screen madness. The sets looked like they have been used and lived in.
Then we see R2-D2, actual people in Stormtrooper uniforms, and an actual person with an actual animatronic character!
Photos, miniatures, and actual smoke billowing from a crashed tie fighter! They are filming in an actual desert!
The feeling of everything old is new again and Abrams telling the crew that this is day one of filming just makes my nerdy girl heart sing.
The Imperial Theme!
Simon Pegg is an extra! Man, I’m super jealous!
Everyone wants to hug Chewie and so do I.
Hearing everyone talk about how happy and excited they are (not just the actors but the crew and extras) makes me more excited for this movie and is starting to chip away at any skepticism I have.
This featurette is dedicated to showing the fans (and the cynics) that they are going to go back to the practical, but there is going to be some of the new blended in. This movie is going to be about the passing of the torch. Not just the original characters passing the movie along to the newer characters, but also moving the idea of movie making from purist of CGI to the fusion of practical and CGI.
“Star Wars is an important part in everyone’s history,” yes it is! So take that those who think the Harry Potter movies can compare to Star Wars movies (yes this is dedicated to one person and she knows who she is**).
And then the final moment of Harrison Ford settling into his old chair on the Millennium Falcon with the new kids.
Sorry need a moment to get the feels under control.
Did your little kid heart jump around with happiness at this featurette? Is the iciness of skepticism starting to melt away? Will you burst into spontaneous combustion of excitement waiting for Christmas? I have a resounding YES for all those questions. Let me know what you think in the comments section.
Till the next bit of Star Wars news comes out!
**I love, love, love the Harry Potter books and movies so sheath thy angry comments. I just don’t think they hold a candle to the importance of the Star Wars movies.