J. J. Abrams will try to make the world of the new Star Wars film as realistic as possible. This is the latest statement of the director of the Star Trek reboot regarding his upcoming project. He will cut down on CGI and stay true to the traditions that made the original Star Wars trilogy a legend.
Abrams revealed that he admired the original films ever since he was a kid and the thing that inspired him the most was the realistic atmosphere. Copying a visual style is not what he intends to do. What Abrams intends is to take the idea of science fiction realism that was present all these years ago in the original trilogy and place it in the modern Star Wars: Episode 7 (2015).
It is true that old science fiction films look better than modern ones on some occasions since they count more on production design and less on computers. The Star Wars prequel and original trilogies are probably the most obvious example of this radical change. While the original films used art direction skills and giant real-life sets, the prequels decided to count on green screen and CGI. This choice was obvious and it also turned out to be quite dispiriting for many fans. Without doubt the battle scenes of the prequels are superior, more thrilling and exciting but that doesn’t mean they look real. This is exactly what J. J. Abrams wants to fix.
George Lucas won’t have a lot of power over Episode 7 and with all due to respect, perhaps this is for the best. The Phantom Menace (1999) was not good. Attack of the Clones (2002) was slightly better. Revenge of the Sith (2005) would have been the best film of the franchise if it wasn’t for Lucas’s bad dialogue and the equally ineffective way of directing the performances of his talented actors. Mistakes were made but Star Wars now has a new director on board. He has proved that he can resurrect an old classic franchise in a modern and thoroughly successful way with Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013). The road to success for the Star Wars sequel trilogy is almost certainly paved.
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