"Hope is found": Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens

I remember way back in 1999, as the world was gearing up to return to the Star Wars Universe for the very first prequel, the anticipation reached fever pitch. In the midst of all the excitement, one commenter had wise words to share - that no film could possibly live up to the expectation being heaped upon this movie. Star Wars is a phenomenon, and the arrival of a new movie is always an event, regardless of whether you're a fan or not. That call for caution was not only wise but also prescient. After watching The Phantom Menace, it took me a long time to realise just how much was wrong with it. The war in my heart between wanting something I loved to be great and the disappointing realisation that it wasn't lasted several years.

Now we are at a similar point. In a month's time, a new Star Wars film will hit cinemas and, once again, the anticipation and excitement is infectious. But I believe we have good reason to be excited. For a while, their was an air of caution over this new venture which has gradually transmuted into gleeful optimism. The team behind this new movie and the way they have handled it - with such enthusiasm, artistry and, yes, love and care - has already won many people over. Also, this new series of movies has one thing over the prequels, and that is the element of surprise. New characters, new worlds, new stories, and no one knows how any of it will pan out, who will live and who will die.

I am happy to say I am excited for The Force Awakens and I am confident we will not be disappointed. As one character says in the recent trailer: "Hope is not lost today, it is found . . ." 


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