If there’s one thing that I know to be true, it’s that any new science fiction project is going to inspire a huge wave of creativity from its fans. Especially if the project in question belongs to one of the twin SF juggernauts of Star Trek and Star Wars. And given that the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now the most viewed trailer of all time, it’s no surprise that the fans have been picking apart every little detail and using them as inspiration to make new bits of awesomeness. And the so-called “Poster Posse” is leading the charge, serving up crossblade lightsabers and beardy badass Luke Skywalker.
With the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer appearing the day after Thanksgiving and wasting no time in becoming the most viewed movie preview of all time, you had to know this was coming, and the Saturday Night Live parody is here. The digital short showed up on last night’s episode, hosted by James Franco, with musical guest Nicki Minaj, and now you can watch it for yourself below without having to sift through the rest of the show.
J.J. Abrams is a filmmaker with a distinct visual style. That bit near the end of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer where the Millennium Falcon soars around, battling TIE Fighters, with the camera chasing it the whole way, has his fingerprints all over it. Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel, Moonrise Kingdom) is another director with a definite, though drastically different, signature aesthetic. While he’s responsible for twee comedic dramas, he’s never worked even remotely in science fiction, someone wondered what it would be like if he was responsible for the next installment of the Star Wars franchise, and the result is this video.
Jonah Feingold posted this video on YouTube, and it’s really a dead on filtering of The Force Awakens trailer through Anderson’s unique lens and sensibilities. Everything from the framing, the quick zooms, and character names like Space Girl and A Hooded Ruffian, are touches that could come directly from many of Anderson’s films, especially his last few. Then there’s the choice of a bubbly French pop song in lieu of John Williams’ score, and that letter from a father, who just so happens to be a stormtrooper, to his daughter. If you didn’t already know better…
Last month, Christopher Nolan tackled the subject of relativity with Interstellar, giving audiences without scientific minds a flabbergastingly odd look at the different ways in which time works in deep space. And watching that, you may have thought to yourself, “Say, what about all the other movies that deal with deep space that never mention physics at all?” Well, a team of scientists have put the world of Star Wars to task and have concluded the traveling done therein would mean that twin siblings Leia and Luke Skywalker should actually be completely different ages in the films.
When the first teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens showed up online the day after Thanksgiving, it wasted no time becoming the most watched movie trailer of all time, racking up more than 58 million views in five days. Fans have spent the following hours dissecting every last frame, trying to squeeze out as much knowledge as we possibly can from 88 seconds worth of footage. One point that has inspired perhaps the most debate or outrage is that fancy new cross lightsaber. (I guessed the cute ball-rolling robot would inspire the most hate, and it has generated a great deal of ire, but the lightsaber seems to have topped it.) This particular element does have supporters, however, and one of them is Stephen Colbert, who took to his Colbert Report to stand up for the little guy. In this case, the little guy is the much-maligned Jedi weapon. Check out the video for yourself below.
You guys have been watching the Star Wars: Force Awakens trailer, haven’t you? And we don’t mean you watched it once or twice, no, that thing has been on repeat since it dropped, hasn’t it? You read an article then watch the trailer, come home from work then watch the trailer, eat dinner then watch the trailer. Something like that, right? This rampant interest has made this the most watched movie trailer of all time, and it’s a good thing you like it and that it has your attention, because it may be a while until we get another look at the film.
The Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer racked up 58.2 million views in the first five days, 40 million of those within 72 hours. To put that in perspective, the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer broke records with 50.6 million views in the same period, while Jurassic World topped that with 53 million. So just in case there was any shred of doubt about whether or not there is any public interest in new Star Wars movies, that admittedly nonexistent debate has been put to bed.