I think there is a big chance that The Force Awakens will mostly fail. What I mean by that is it will fail to preserve and develop the spirit of the Star Wars saga. It may well be a good blockbuster movie (we expect a lot from a movie featuring “Star Wars” in its name, don’t we?), but most likely it will not measure up to the standards set by previous episodes. There are several reasons why I think so.
First of all, the plot raises the most concerns. We know that George Lucas worked on the plot since 2011, but Disney, which bought Lucasfilm, later rejected it and chose something else. From what we know already it is clear that the plot is set after the ending of the VI Episode and the Republic is at war with a new powerful evil enemy. We know for sure that there is also a dark side user, wielding a ridiculous looking light saber. Now this raises many questions to Disney. In the last episode the Emperor, who was perhaps the most powerful sith lord of all time, was destroyed along with his most powerful weapon, Death Star. It was a clear and decisive victory for the Republic. And now it turns out it was not. We see hordes of tie fighters, we see a villain (or rather villains) donning masks, and rebels, who are supposed to be rulers of the galaxy, who should have abandoned their rebel status.
There were two ways to continue the Star Wars saga: the first is to jump back to the times of the Old Republic (I would personally prefer this) where many worthy stories lie (just think of Revan or Darth Bane being made into a movie), and the second is to continue where it ended, after episode VI. Disney chose the second option, though I think the first one would be ideal. In doing so, Disney made a mistake, making it look like the ending of the VI episode was insignificant; now they’re trying to step in the same river twice.
Secondly, from what we’ve seen in teasers for the movie, not only is the atmosphere of the original trilogy lost, but so is that of the later trilogy as well. Now it looks like a Disney movie. Because Disney is not the same as Lucasfilm, it’s just that simple. It does well in its own niche, shooting movies like Pirates of the Caribbean or cartoons. But Star Wars is a completely different story. Over the years it has transformed into a huge mass phenomenon, almost a cult. So yes, money rules the world again; 4.06 billion dollars is the price for which the hopes of Star Wars fans were sold along with Lucasfilm.
Thirdly, I don’t like the cast in general. Disney decided to make the most from the presence of actors from the original trilogy, this much is understandable. But as much as I liked Harrison Ford’s Han Solo or Carrie Fisher’s Leia when I first saw A New Hope more than twenty years ago, the fact that time takes its toll can not be ignored. One of the reasons episodes one, two and three succeeded was the great choice of actors, who were all new, but all of them had charisma and talent and looked very authentic in the Star Wars universe. But I don’t like the new actors inThe Force Awakens whatsoever, as they lack charisma needed for a film of Star Wars‘ caliber. I’m afraid that mix of charismatic older actors and dull younger actors will be the last nail in the coffin for The Force Awakens.
So far the only factor that I consider in favor of the seventh episode is that the music for the film was composed by John Williams, but I doubt that this will be enough for overall success.