Thursday, November 6, 2014
And We Have a Title
Finally, we have a title for Episode VII. I will say that of all the things to worry about with this upcoming movie, this was one of the least of my concerns. But today we finally found out that the movie will be sub titled: The Force Awakens.
My initial reaction is that it doesn't bother me. That in and of itself makes me happy. I can recall having a visceral reaction to hearing The Phantom Menace, which should've been a clue right there. Although to be honest that title doesn't sound nearly as corny to me anymore. Think about it, all of the titles are a little cheesy, it's just that back in the 70s we didn't have the internet to complain about everything and for everyone to tell us how much we were supposed to hate everything. It also probably isn't a great sign that my first reaction is, well, I don't hate it. I think I expected to hate it, or be annoyed. But, thankfully, that's not the case.
As for what it means? That is anyone's guess. Does this mean that the Force has been asleep all this time? Are the rumors that Luke Skywalker has been missing for many years true? Possibly. Aside from that it could mean any number of things. I personally don't like the idea that he's been missing for years. I mean, the poor guy can't really catch a break. He grows up kind of isolated on a farm, loses his aunt and uncle, finally starts making a name for himself, never has a girlfriend.... and then he disappears? That doesn't really seem fair. It also would feel like they were basically undermining the end of Return of the Jedi. Don't leave us with what looks like a happy ending only to come back 30 years later and tell us, just kidding, after that everything went to crap!
Another side note though, the "reveal" of this one was a little strange. I happened to be on Facebook and Star Wars posted this picture and a link to an article telling us that "Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens has wrapped production." The reaction included a lot of comments that mirrored what I was thinking: Wait, was that the title reveal? What the heck? I mean, instead of just going ahead and saying, "Title revealed!" they sneaked it into a headline about wrapping production. Very strange. But this does tell me that they are probably just going to be randomly announcing things here and there on social media, without warning. It seems an odd way to go about it but I guess that's just the age we live in now.
So, comment away. What do you think?