Have you already bought your ticket to go see Star Wars: The Force Awakens? If so, you're like countless others that already have your own reasons for why you are excited to go see the film, and perhaps some of them are on this list.
As the release date gets closer, the anticipation is continuing to grow and it is easy to see why. The latest Star Wars film is set to be not only incredibly huge financially, but will most likely have an impact on popular culture for quite some time.
Despite the incredible disappointment that fans felt after waiting patiently for The Phantom Menace, optimism is very much in the air for The Force Awakens. When you consider the casting, the return of several old faces will instantly hit fans with some nostalgia that alone may be worth the ticket price. If you don't have faith in the newer actors, have faith in the outstanding talent of J.J. Abrams and some of the creative forces behind the team. Abrams, a long-time Star Wars fan, will be regarded as a hero if he is able to successfully restart this franchise and get people excited for Star Wars again.
Given the outrageous expectations that fans may have for this film, it is going to be impossible to please everyone. That being said, I cannot imagine a film that will be more appealing to your eyes and ears than the new Star Wars.
Whether this booms or busts with critics, it will surely be a monumental moment in cinematic history. If you have never seen a Star Wars film before, I would highly recommend checking them out before sitting down in theaters. For fans that loved the originals, this is an exciting opportunity to see their favorite characters on the biggest platform so far. I, like many of you, cannot wait.
10 The Direction Of J.J. Abrams
In order to make a successful film, several areas need to be accounted for. One of the most important aspects to consider is who you want to direct the film. I don't know if it gets any more intimidating than sitting down and realizing that you're going to be the next director of Star Wars. Thankfully, fans should be optimistic, as J.J. Abrams is outstandingly talented and has experience with big projects. The recent Star Trek films which involved Abrams' direction were widely well received by critics and fans, and were probably influential in J.J. getting the nod for The Force Awakens.
9 The Writing Of Lawrence Kasdan
As important as it is to have a great director, having a great writer is even more important. As a result, there may be no bigger vote of confidence than hiring Lawrence Kasdan to work on the script with Abrams. Who is Kasdan? He was the writer behind The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, which are generally pretty well received by the world. If anyone is going to be able to jump right back into the adventures of Han Solo, Luke Skywalker and the whole gang, it will be the man that helped bring the characters to life in the first place.
8 The Music Of John Williams
As amazing as Star Wars is, the biggest legacy from the franchise for me will always be the music (I'm definitely not listening to it right now!). John Williams is one of the most talented composers to ever hit cinema, and I cannot wait to see his work on The Force Awakens. Despite being in his 80s now, Williams was still able to come back and work on the score for the film, which is fantastic because I cannot imagine anyone else that would do it justice. We are sure to hear the classic score that we all know and love, as well as hopefully some new ones that become instant classics.
7 The Return of Fan Favorites
When the Phantom Menace came out, it was incredibly poorly received by fans and critics alike. One of the factors that derailed the film was that there was no character that really united the audience (...in a positive way, I mean. Don't get me started on Jar Jar). You need to hope that the return of several main cast members, including Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill, will help further instill confidence that this film will be fantastic. It's a huge vote of confidence by the cast members to return to characters that they had set down decades prior, but I am sure it will be worth the effort.
6 The Emergence Of New Faces
When the first Star Wars film was released in 1977, George Lucas was vocal about his preference for using relatively unknown actors. While he didn't completely get his wish, there is no doubt that the Star Wars franchise was monumental for the success of all the actors involved. When casting was announced for The Force Awakens, it was a similar approach with several unknowns being cast in primary roles. It can be exciting to see a fresh face in Hollywood, and there may be no better way to get exposure than in Star Wars. The most intriguing may be Daisy Ridley, who up until this point had not been in any substantial projects.
5 To See The Advancement of Technology
As disappointing as the prequel trilogy was, one of the coolest things about it was seeing the advancement of technology. The original Star Wars trilogy is amazing, but you can definitely tell it was made in the 70s/80s. One of the biggest appeals of not only seeing Star Wars, but seeing Star Wars in a theater, is so that you can properly take in the massive scale of the film. It just isn't the same watching it at home on your TV. Sure, the popcorn might be cheaper at home, but there will be some definite goosebumps in the theater that just can't get replicated at home.
4 To See The Emergence Of A Great Villain (Hopefully)
When it comes to creating a good film, having a great villain to root against is fundamental in getting the audience's attention. There would be no Star Wars legacy if nobody really cared about Darth Vader. It is hopeful that Kylo Ren and others will form a great rogue's den of villains. There is little known about Kylo Ren or what is now known as The First Order, but you can be sure that they'll have some significant screen time. There has already been one teased battle between Finn and Kylo, but something tells me they didn't bring back the original cast to just sit around.
3 To Learn About Mark Hamill
Where is Mark Hamill?! Everyone knows that he grew out a super badass beard for the role, but the character has been absent from all of the trailers and general promotional photos. Given that this is Star Wars, and twists aren't uncommon, fans are running rampant with different possibilities for what will have come of Luke Skywalker. It is clearly an active effort on the part of the studio to keep this character under wraps, which only lends to building the anticipation. As great as Han, and Leia are, Luke Skywalker is the man that people are clamoring for and it doesn't look like we'll see him before we sit down in that theater.
2 It's The Start Of A Series
One of the most exciting things about The Force Awakens, is that you know it is about to kickoff a long run of Star Wars films. Sequels are planned, spin offs are coming, and the Star Wars hype train is going full steam ahead, so you might as well start embracing it now. It can be really fun to see a film universe start to open up, and given that you know it isn't the last one, I am sure the film will leave you with some questions that will be fun to argue about with friends and on the Internet (and what's better than that?)
1 To Be In Touch With Pop Culture
If we are being honest, one of the main appeals to watching any show or movie is to make sure you are caught up with all the pop culture references. Given that Star Wars is going to be the biggest film, well, ever, it's safe to say that it will work its way into everyday life. You don't want to be that awkward kid at the New Year's Eve party that mutters along or stares at the floor when everyone is high-fiving over the latest exploits of the galaxy far, far away. It may sound like peer pressure...because it kind of is, but it is still an appeal to anyone that may not care about Star Wars to go watch the film. May the Force be with you.