You’ve seen the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens — and if you haven’t, you’re clearly on the wrong website. But you haven’t seen it with all the bells and whistles that franchise creator George Lucas would have inevitably added to it had this still been his property. Open your eyeballs and your mind’s eyeballs for the George Lucas Special Edition of J.J. Abrams’ next blockbuster.
It’s hard not to laugh every time a new CGI creature pops up here, even though it’s initially the same punchline over and over for 70 seconds or so. This is basically the same thing as another Star Wars film getting the J.J. Abrams treatment and only getting a thousand instances of lens flare added to the clip. It may not be the most unpredictable way to approach the art of spoofing, but it’s certainly relevant and honest, as Lucas’ expensive update of his original trilogy was basically just an exercise in awkward visuals and audio dubs.
Honestly, I expected the actual trailer to be filled to the brim with CGI ships, audio blips, and an endless supply of shit happening. There are several seconds that pass without anything at all happening. That’s obviously not how George Lucas would have done it, as he would have probably obscured important information with special effects messiness. The best parts were the instant battle the Millennium Falcon flies into and the evil villain pulling out his multi-bladed lightsaber in front of the ghost of Anakin Skywalker. (Not the cool Darth Vader one, but the lameass Hayden Christensen one.)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens actor Oscar Isaac, who is playing the role of I Have No Idea, spoke out a couple of months back against George Lucas’ remastered versions of his original trilogy. He said he respected Lucas’ devil-may-care attitude about what people think of his work, but said the additional movie wizardry added nothing for his enjoyment. Many fans have been lauding Abrams precisely for the trailer’s special effects, but we’ll have to wait and see just how expansive the CGI is in this space adventure.
For those who would rather get their “George Lucas/The Force Awakens” joke in audio form, here’s someone impersonating Lucas for an amusing trailer commentary.
As I’m sure you’re well aware, Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be hitting theaters on December 18, 2015, and George Lucas won’t have anything to do with it.