by Troy Grzych
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
As I write this, the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer has become the most downloaded trailer of all time. And it should come as no surprise, because hands down, it has to be the most highly anticipated film ever…ever…did I mention…ever! Unlike the prequel trilogy that we were given as a follow-up to the original trilogy, this is the movie we really wanted to see…a real sequel to Return of the Jedi. Starring nearly everyone you loved from the first three flicks who need not be named and newcomers to the saga like John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Andy Serkis and more, this teaser trailer was a short 88 seconds. In it’s brief runtime, we were only shown a few shots and solely new characters. There is not a single frame of Han, Leia, Luke or even R2-D2 in sight but it was not devoid totally of familiarity. We were dished a healthy helping or returning visuals like Stormtroopers, Tie Fighters, X-Wings and most of all…the FREAKIN’ Millenium Falcon.
The FRAME that transported me back to being 8 years old on Christmas morning and waking up to a treasure trove of Kenner action figures that Santa delivered to me from the chilly North Pole, was the last shot of a rolling Falcon over what appears to be Tatooine in a dogfight with a couple of Tie Fighters. I want it to be December 18, 2015 now…now! However, this being Star Wars, I couldn’t relegate myself to just one FRAME…the Force is forcing me to pick another FRAME as well.
X-wings in low altitude flight over a lake….Oh my Yoda. We will all be saying years from now, “I remember exactly where I was when I saw this trailer for the first time.” This trailer is only a crumb, a single speck of cookie residue on an empty plate, but you still press your finger into it and lick it off in shear delight, looking forward to the next taste you get of it’s sugary sweetness. The Force is definitely with us and it’s only the beginning of decades of new material to come.
Framed: Movie Trailers
I could spoon feed you the same old mushy meal that is your standard movie trailer review. I could go into depth and detail describing tidbits that you could simply see for yourself by watching it countless times in heavy rotation on YouTube until you’ve cooked your noodle and seared every nugget of footage into your corneas…but that’s not what FRAMED is. A trailer is a tease, a glimpse, a snapshot of what the movie is and what it could be and FRAMED is exactly that. It’s about finding that one single shot, one moment, one individual FRAME that lingers with you and propels you to zip over to the nearest multiplex with Mike n’ Ikes and a large diet soda in tow and form a line a year in advance of the film’s release.
At what point did I step into my FLUX powered stainless steel beauty and in a SNAP, CRACKLE, POP back a couple of decades to relive my adolescents but this time in the glory of full HD and mind-blowing CGI? The movies coming out in 2015 are stirring up my juicy nostalgic core with the same intense fever and excitement that gripped me with going to movies in my youth. It’s the 80’s and early 90’s once again and I couldn’t be more eager to see these flicks coming…and I don’t think I’m alone in that regards.