Can the new Star Wars movie save the franchise?

It doesn’t take much to make a room full of Star Wars fans cheer. Take one lightsaber. Add the guy who played Doc Jones and Han Solo (a.k.a. two-time coolest guy on screen), Harrison Ford. Combine with a generous helping of gleeful anticipation (i.e the latest The Force Awakens trailer) and stir. What you have here is a recipe for Star Wars fans everywhere to collectively wet their pants. Which is exactly what happened at Star Wars Celebration Live, a four-day event in Anaheim and mecca for all things Jedi-related.

A New Hope for Star Wars fans everywhere

Not only did the trailer play for the crowd, but the enthusiastic reaction it received from them and the rest of the world (especially on Twitter) might be an indication of things to come: is this the Star Wars movie that’s going to save the franchise, and, dare we even say it – be better than the originals?

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It’s no secret that half the Star Wars movies have been terrible, and it’s even less of a secret that it was the most recent trilogy that represented the less-than-stellar bunch. Episode III: Revenge of the Sith was released in 2005, and not counting the Clone Wars film that was released in 2008, that means George Lucas has had ten years to think about what’s going to come next for the characters – new and existing – and what kind of plot he was going to create.

And then Disney came in. Despite sticking to his story of not wanting to make any more Star Wars films, reportedly due to the criticism he received for making changes to the original and for the general terribleness of the prequel trilogy, Lucas had been working on scripts for future Star Wars films.

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When Disney took over in October 2012, it didn’t take them long to announce the release of a new trilogy plus two new standalone ‘origin’ films (think Wolverine), with the trilogy being based off Lucas’ scripts.

So, back to the trailer. Will it be enough to bring Star Wars back to the fore?

What we know from the trailer:
Kylo Ren could be more powerful than Darth Vader?The trailer only gives us a glimpse of the new villain, but it’s blatantly obvious he’s going to be badass in the films. Will he be able to fill the big Darth-shaped hole left in the dark side?


Chrome Troopers will be your new favourite kind of Trooper.

Don’t get us wrong, Storm Troopers will forever claim a nostalgic place in our hearts. But the new Chrome Troopers, who are an elite tactical unit, look more powerful and dominating than we could have ever hoped.


Could Luke be considering the dark side?

We can only assume it’s him holding his father’s helmet, as he was the last one to see it as he lit his funeral pyre. But his fascination with the helmet could represent something more sinister – is Luke considering joining the dark side of the force?


The new trilogy will be bringing back your favourite characters.

We knew this before the release of the trailer, of course, but still – nothing could quite prepare you to see Han Solo and Chewy “returning home”. What the prequel missed out on is where this trilogy will shine – holding onto the characters that made the original Star Wars movies so great.

So, what do you think? Come Christmas day, will the new Star Wars films make or break the franchise?

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