Heads up, moms of Star Wars fans (and moms who are Star Wars fans)! The trailer for the controversial seventh Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens, is out today.
I think it’s safe to say that after the, um, non-excellence of the “prequels”—The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of The Sith—Star Wars purists are doubtful that the seventh film will do anything other than tarnish the reputation of the original three.
But on the other hand, more is more for many who love the Star Wars franchise, and this film has certainly generated a lot of buzz. Besides, none of us wants The Walt Disney Company to be short on cash.
We have watched the trailer and are happy to report that it is mostly not scary and therefore appropriate for pint-sized Anakins and Padmés. (Watch it yourself first to determine if the slightly creepy forest scene is okay for your kiddos).
Highlights include a cute new robot, some cool scenery and an excellent shot of the Millennium Falcon, though nerds were quick to point out that one of the ship’s parts is wrong. I gather that where once it had a circle thing it now has a rectangular thing. I don’t know—it looks like the same spaceship to my untrained eye.
There’s also a light saber with mini light sabers built into the handle? (This strikes me a little like adding a stuffed crust to your pizza, but whatever.)
In case you haven’t heard where in the illustrious history of the galaxy this cinematic event occurs, the film is set 30 years after Return of the Jedi. The cast includes original series members like Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher (no word yet on whether there will be a return to the original Princess Leia hairdo).
So why not earn yourself some cred with the kids and watch the trailer together? Maybe they’ll want to dig out some old Star Wars costumes from Halloween’s past, or fetch their light sabers before you hit play. But not to worry, you got lots of time to pop some corn and watch Return of the Jedi to brush up before the release December 18, 2015. Enjoy!