OK, I just watched the new trailer for The Force Awakens and yes, it looks awesome.
There is this little voice in the back of my head. A little voice of doubt. No, the voice doesn’t sound like Jar Jar, it does look a bit like a lens flair however. More on that later.
Have you ever seen a trailer and said to yourself “that movie looks great I gotta see it” and then you find out that the two minutes of the trailer were the only two minutes of watchable footage in the entire film? I worry that this may be the case.
Let’s take a look at the work JJ “lens flair” Abrams did with Star Trek. The first wasn’t bad. I had a few issues with it but overall it wasn’t horrible. That clustered rehash that was Something About Kahn on the other hand, oy. I’m not sure if it was bad film making or the dude just got lazy. A little bit of this blood magically cures the incurable disease? Madam Pomfrey on Harry Potter has more credibility than that. And let us not forget the the Enterprise rising up through a cloud. He used the exact same shot in the previous movie! It’s a cool effect and all but come on, at least wait a movie before recycling stuff. If I see an X-wing rising up vertically through the mist I’m walking out. (Who am I kidding; I’ll stay, but under protest.) Actually, it’s more likely that it will be the Millennium Falcon rising up through a cloud.
Lastly - the lens flairs. Fuck me, the lens flairs. What is with Abrams and lens flairs? The guy uses lens flairs with the same subtly that Michael Bay uses explosions. Again, they are kinda neat and I’ve used them myself but at what point does it go from artistic choice to “enough already, learn how to use a camera”? I’d say pick a number and try to limit yourself but I counted four in a two minute trailer; how many is he going to cram into the entire movie? Perhaps the other Hollywood directors can have an intervention or something.
So yes, I am planning on seeing The Force Awakens and I hope it will be as good as the teasers have indicated. If it is life will be good.
P.S. To all those nit-wits boycotting because it keeps the white man down or some other such bullshit - fuck off.
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