By Richie Pepio
Source: LA Times, Hero Complex
Star Wars set the template for most summer movie spectacles since the late 1970s, and like Vader’s Star Destroyer, it cast a long shadow that no sequel or prequel other than Empire Strikes Back could outrun.
Mark Hamill addressed fans’ unrealistic expectations for Star Wars: The Force Awakens in a recent interview with Hero Complex.
Believe me, it will be here before you know it. Forget about it, that’s my advice. Look forward to all the summer movies. I’m telling you, it’s just a movie. These people that build it up in their minds like it’s going to be the second coming of, I don’t know what — they’re bound to be disappointed.
And he’s right. The prequels weren’t the best cinematic achievement of the past 15 years, yet the anticipation definitely soured the experience.
So what are people supposed to do while they wait, find a way to edit The Hobbit into five one-hour movies? Throw a Jupiter Ascending-themed space orgy? Until someone shows me some drone-based footage of a seven-bladed lightsaber, I’ll have a hard time relaxing.
Look, 2015 is the year to beat as far as fandom is concerned – we have a new Avengers, new Bond, new Jurassic Park, new Terminator, and new Mad Max. It’s like 2012, 1963, 1993, 1991, and 1979 put themselves in a blender and served themselves as a smoothie for the comments section on “Ain’t It Cool” to hate.
Regardless of your thoughts on sequels or prequels to these franchises (personally, I’m most excited for what Marvel and 007 have to offer), these pictures are fan fiction when compared to Star Wars. The space opera is the holy grail of movies, and as much as I want to stay rational in my excitement for Episode 7, it’s too close to my heart. To many of us, Star Wars is more than a movie, it’s a time in our life. So while Mark Hamill is right to keep us calm, I hope Luke Skywalker psyches us up for one more battle against the Empire.