The wait for Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens is almost over. After more than three years of rampant rumors and wild speculation, fans have just over two weeks left until the galaxy far, far away returns to theaters. Anticipation is at an all-time high as Disney ramps up the marketing campaign for one final push, with new TV spots and official images being released recently.
With the film right around the corner, there's one question starting to blossom in everyone's mind: "is the movie good?" The previews have given fans plenty of reasons to be optimistic, and actors such as Simon Pegg called being on-set a "genuinely magical" experience. But now that director J.J. Abrams has locked the picture and is ready to share it with the world, what will moviegoers be in store for come December 18?
Stars John Boyega and Daisy Ridley were just as excited to see the finished product as fans are, as evidenced by their emotional reactions to the third and final domestic trailer. Now, the two have seen the final cut, and their comments to Good Morning America sound very encouraging for viewers hoping Star Wars 7 is a triumphant return to form for the franchise.
Boyega praised the way the film was able to balance the new generation with the veterans of the original trilogy, and its space opera tone:
"There's such a great balance between the new generation and the old. Full of action, full of passion and it's quite emotional. I enjoyed it."
One of the biggest selling points of The Force Awakens is its cross-generational appeal. The marketing campaign has banked heavily on nostalgia (the music, "Chewie, we're home") while dedicating a lot of coverage towards the new characters that will serve as the series' future, such as Rey, Finn, and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). It's promising that Abrams was able to strike a tricky balance between the two sides, since veering too heavily one way could derail the narrative.
Ridley concurred with her co-star's evaluation of The Force Awakens, revealing that she could not contain her emotions when she exited the screening room:
"I came out [after the movie] and was like, ‘Yeah, I’m cool.' And then in the car I was like [she makes a crying face] the whole way, and then the whole way home — a 10-hour journey."
Obviously, nobody involved with Star Wars 7 is going to say anything remotely negative about the movie at this point in time, but it is great to hear that Boyega and Ridley had such positive responses after seeing the movie. Even the curmudgeonly Harrison Ford (who swore off the Han Solo character long ago) was swayed by Abrams' pitch for the story, so being able to see the director's vision realized on the big screen must have been quite the experience. Boyega remains unsure how the fans will receive The Force Awakens (though he knows there will be a reaction), but it's looking like the long-awaited premiere will be a day long remembered for movie fans.
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18th, 2015, followed by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on December 16th, 2016, Star Wars: Episode VIII on May 26th, 2017, and the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25th, 2018. Star Wars: Episode IX is expected to reach theaters in 2019, followed by the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.
Source: Good Morning America