Annlyel reveals how J.J Abrams has reinstated her excitement for the galaxy far, far away…
Star Wars. It’s a world I have been immersed in since before I could understand what I was seeing. I have watched every Star Wars movie over ten times (including Attack of the Clones), I know them all backwards and forward, and I am a HUGE fan of the stories and the characters and the magic these journeys take me on.
I remember preparing for The Force Awakens. 2015 was one of the most magical years of my life. Knowing that I was going to see a new Star Wars film with the original characters returning and a new generation of characters to fall in love with was truly a dream come true that I never could’ve imagined actually happening.
After seeing The Force Awakens my happiness accelerated robustly. Not only was the movie fun on every level but it reinvigorated my love for this franchise more than ever. I was bursting at the seams with excitement for the trilogy and where it was heading. And then I watched The Last Jedi.
All of my theorizing, all of the directions that I kept thinking the story was going to take, was decimated in two and a half hours. I was stunned. Mortified. Hollowed out. It was like the biggest slap in the face as I watched this beautiful story J.J Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan, and Michael Ardnt had created get absolutely obliterated.
Snoke was dead before we could learn who he was. Rey was a nobody. Luke died and became a Force ghost. Captain Phasma was killed off with yet another lackluster role. Poe was running around like a chicken with his head cut off (plus he got his black X-Wing destroyed.) Vice Admiral Holdo was basically a useless character. Leia Force floated through space. Oh, I could go on and on about all of the things that I didn’t like about The Last Jedi when I first saw it.
And then, after my second viewing, something clicked. I began to understand what Rian Johnson was trying to achieve with the story and I actually have come to appreciate the film. But the magic was still lost, swept away by a film that was a bit too eloquent for its own good. And while Solo: A Star Wars Story is a good movie it’s the least watchable Star Wars film that I have ever seen.
It left me feeling empty inside, my love for Star Wars buried under marvelous movies from the Marvel Cinematic Universe that took my breath away and began to make me forget why I loved Star Wars so much. And then, Star Wars Celebration happened. I was already pumped for Episode IX but I was still hoping that when I finally saw the trailer it would be as amazing as I hoped. It was better than I could’ve ever imagined!
From the first viewing to my latest twentieth viewing of the trailer I have been so wowed and amazed by what J.J Abrams has concocted for this Skywalker saga. From the already infamous flip performed by our beautiful Rey to the iconic evil cackle provided by yours truly, Emperor Palpatine, this teaser has made me cry, covered me in goosebumps, and brought back the utter magic that only Star Wars can ever give me.
J.J Abrams did it. He brought my Star Wars happy back. I almost didn’t think it was possible. In the classic vein of Star Wars, I had lost all hope. And then I saw Rey do the coolest flip in all of Star Wars, I saw Lando flying the Millennium Falcon, I saw Finn and Poe, together, on an adventure, I saw Kylo Ren looking awesome (and super scary again), I watched Leia return from the dead to provide us joy one last time, I saw the Death Star looking as scary as ever, and finally, the scariest villain in the franchise has risen from the dead to haunt our dreams one more time.
When I think of Star Wars quotes to describe how I’m feeling right now the first thing that comes to mind is the last two things said in Rogue One.
Captain Antilles: “Your Highness. The transmission we received. What is it they’ve sent us?”
Princess Leia: “Hope.”
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