With Star Wars: The Force Awakens now on Blu Ray and DVD, the folks at Screen Junkies have thrown together an Honest Trailer that perfectly sums up the good and the bad of the film.
What’s funny is I tend to agree more with the second voice that says The Force Awakens is more or less a remake of A New Hope (though I wouldn’t go so far as to call it a direct “remake”). See which voice you agree with, the fanboy or the critic, when you watch the Honest Trailer for The Force Awakens below.
There’s a lot to love about this film, of course, so let’s talk about what the fanboy voice says first. He emphasizes the new characters, the nostalgic feel of the original trilogy with a fresh take, and the sheer awesomeness of Rey and Kylo Ren. He also talks about parts of the movie that even the critic voice agrees with him about, like loving “Poe’s beautiful face.” (Who doesn’t love Poe’s beautiful face, come on.)
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But the critic voice keeps interrupting the fanboy’s geeking out with comments like, “He [Kylo] acts like a goth kid who can’t find his eyeliner.” He also contrasts Captain Phasma’s complete coolness with her complete uselessness, and points out just how similar The Force Awakens storyline is similar to the original trilogy.
What I think is funny about this Honest Trailer is that, unlike other Honest Trailers I’ve seen, there is a mixture of brash love for the film and utter contempt for its failures (which some people don’t perceive as failures, and that’s fine; to each their own). The Force Awakens is a divisive film in that, while a lot of fans adore it and regard it as their favorite Star Wars Episode, other fans and even non-Star Wars enthusiasts consider it to be a “rehash” of A New Hope. The truth is it’s not a carbon copy, but some of the plot elements are very similar: a droid carries information vital to the good guys, the heroes escape a desert planet in the Falcon, and Starkiller Base is destroyed in almost the exact same way as the Death Star and Second Death Star were. I have to admit, my favorite parts were those which brought entirely new ideas to the table, while elements like Starkiller Base took me out.
What do you think about this Honest Trailer? Do you agree with any of its points, good or bad? Let us know in the comments below.