A big takeaway from this particular Force Awakens advertisement is that the tone is more dark and serious when compared to the other ones. Viewers get the impression that the galaxy is in dire times, with the Galactic Civil War still raging on 30 years after Emperor Palpatine was defeated. The First Order is shaping up to be an intimidating force that’s even stronger than the old Imperial regime. Their army observing what is most likely the Starkiller base weapon in action is an image that immediately conveys the magnitude of their power and the tremendous odds stacked against the Resistance as they fight for freedom in the galaxy.
That’s not to say The Force Awakens won’t feature some classic moments of Star Wars levity and escapism, but it arguably makes for a stronger film if the proceedings have some weight to them. One of the stronger elements of the original trilogy was its underdog tale of the ragtag, outmatched Rebels banding together against the well-resourced Empire. If Star Wars 7 really is to be the “genuinely magical” return to form many are hoping for, it would help if it told a compelling story viewers can easily get invested in.
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.
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