Choosing My Cinematic Religion
Rob a bank? Sure. I've seen Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. How about diving into a body of water? And not just any dive. I'm talking a leap so ominous birds don't fly that high. Harrison Ford did it in The Fugitive. Or that's what I was lead to believe. Maybe it was a dummy and it's gone. How about pretending to be a kid again? That innocent temple of awareness where the vastness of one's imagination is the only limitation to believing, exploring, discovering? Yep. That's Star Wars for ya!
I believe what lies ahead for the franchise has the potential to be miraculous. If the end result involves youths once again believing in the power of the mind, the impulse to be creative, imagining scenarios that complement and contradict their lives; if what we collectively witness enhances our purpose, then Star Wars: Episode VII has not succeeded. It has metamorphosed into this portal of enchantment, opening eyes to the ethereal wonders of a fantasy world. It has transformed success the same way A New Hope awakened generations to channels of thought that outstretched our physical self. How many professionals working in the film industry are products of the Star Wars phenomenon, their inspirations sowed from that opening text crawl? We need look no further than the director of Episode VII.
J.J. Abrams, my good sir, you have willingly accepted the mantle of monumental expectation and here's to hoping you don't fuck it up.
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P.S. I do fear that the impending oversaturation of Star Wars-centric content (i.e. standalone movies, likely TV series, etc.) will delude the impact otherwise harnessed from a thrilling and exceptionally well-made Episode VII. But so be it. The model of consumption has already changed drastically since the first Star Wars film erupted on Hollywood. Ubiquity of content is the new evolution. Again. I'm disavowing of that needling dose of cynicism that admonishes this kind of buoyant optimism. I guess that just means I want to be a kid again, experiencing for the first time the magic of cinema. The best centers of inspiration emerge from the material we consume and movies have always been fertile ground.