Confession: I don’t get all the hoopla over Star Wars. (Gasp!) I saw the original trilogy on TV when I was a kid and enjoyed it as much as you can if you’re not, say, a 10-year-old boy. I haven’t seen the original three since, and the prequel trilogy was dull as can be, despite having a fantastic cast that I typically enjoy. So I want to get excited for the new movie, I really do, but I just can’t get fired up.
The best thing going for the new film by far is J.J. Abrams. (As well as a stellar cast of familiar faces and gifted newbies.) I’ve loved Abrams since his Felicity days and his work, whether as a showrunner, writer, director, or producer, has been consistently impressive ever since. I cared absolutely nothing about Star Trek (ya know, that other sci-fi mega-franchise) before he took over, and I found those movies immensely enjoyable. And Mission: Impossible would not have the success it’s had with recent films if he hadn’t brought it back from the grave after Mission: Impossible II went a little too heavy on stylization. (Car dances, slow-motion beach fights…that sort of thing.)
I mean, the new trailer looks epic, but haven’t they all? Oh you don’t remember? Here’s all seven trailers in order…
Perhaps I need to re-watch the entire saga so far…yeah, I’m not gonna do that. (Although, something tells me I’ll be able to find all the movies on at least one channel in the next few weeks.) Oh well, it’s not like I’ll be able to see it until January anyway with all these ticket sales. In the meantime, there’s lots of good stuff opening this weekend:
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (Jennifer Lawrence, Julianne Moore) PG-13 – The final installment in the sci-fi/action series. I wish they hadn’t split the last book into two movies, but I’m excited to see how they ends the series in the film version.
The Night Before (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anthony Mackie) R – The trailer had me with the Home Alone joke. And Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Secret in Their Eyes (Chiwetel Ejiofor, Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman) R – Julia Roberts looks like she gives a raw performance in this drama, but the subject matter is a little too heavy for my holiday viewing preference–I’ll wait for DVD.
*Legend (Tom Hardy) R – Tom Hardy plays twin gangsters, Reggie and Ron Kray, in this true story crime thriller. Double the Hardy!
*Carol (Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara) R – This film, based on a 1950’s lesbian-romance novel by Patricia Highsmith, has been getting rave reviews for Blanchett and Mara since the festival circuit earlier this year. I’m a fan of director Todd Haynes (Far From Heaven, Mildred Pierce), so it’s on my list.