A minute and a half is all it took for the next Star Wars film, The Force Awakens, to supplant The Avengers: Age of Ultron as the most anticipated movie of 2015. It’s incredible that a brief teaser trailer can generate so much excitement but given that Star Wars is one of the biggest, most lucrative franchises in history, it makes sense. That being said, the brand recognition of Star Wars alone would not have elevated the J.J. Abrams-directed film to the top of 2015’s movie list. There is a lot of pessimism and cynicism clouding the franchise after the prequel trilogy crushed an entire generation of fans in the early 2000s. Getting over that kind of betrayal is a difficult proposition but against all odds, The Force Awakens is shaping up the film that returns Star Wars to the light side. These are the 10 reasons to get excited for The Force Awakens.
10. The Millennium Falcon is Back
While the initial teaser trailer for The Force Awakens is pretty light on detail, one thing that it does feature prominently is the return of the Millennium Falcon, the most iconic spaceship in Star Wars history. Abrams made a wise choice in making the brief trailer’s longest scene a tracking shot of the Falcon flying over the familiar deserts of fictional planet Tattooine. Accompanied by John William’s legendary score, this shot appeals to every fan’s nostalgic love for the Star Wars of old. It’s a seemingly small addition but the return of the falcon is a gesture of goodwill calculated to sell the movie to disenfranchised viewers – and if the enormous buzz surrounding the trailer is any indication, it is a ploy that most definitely is working.