Ah, the dangers of coming out with a new installment to a huge movie franchise: there’s bound to be a LOT of hype. That cannot be any more true for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” So two weeks before the movie debuts on theatres, director J.J. Abrams warns that the film won’t live up to the hype.
In a recent interview with Reuters, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” director J.J. Abrams said the film won’t live up to the hype that was built for the seventh installment in the franchise. There have been, after all, 10 years since the last film was released.
Abrams added, “How can anything live up to any expectation like that?”
But he was in no way dissing the film he so lovingly crafted in the past year and a half. It is maybe his way of trying to manage fan expectations, who had been without a Star Wars film since 2005.
“The Force Awakens” does face a lot of hype, not just from fans but box office experts, too. The projection for the movie is at an all-time high of $220 million in the U.S. and Canada alone, up from the usual December projection of $170 million. The number is indeed a bit bloated, given that amount has never been achieved by any movie for the holiday month.
Even Steven Spielberg added to the hype. The celebrated filmmaker himself once said the film could be the biggest movie ever.
The film though does have the ingredient to make it big in the box office. John Boyega, who plays one of the newer characters Finn, says episode seven has the same humour and even choppy dialogue as the first Star Wars films.
Then there’s also the curious case of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), who has been missing in the last waves of trailer and posters. That curiosity just might pull in more fans, who are excited to know where the iconic character might be and what happened to him.
“It’s just what our narrative is. So if it’s driving anyone crazy, apologies. But it’s mostly about wanting to protect the experience for the people who might go see the movie,” Abrams said of the omission of the beloved character form any trailer.
See if “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” live up to your expectation when it rolls it to theatres this December 18.