This is a weekend that movie fans have spent years – if not decades – waiting for. We are now just a few days away from getting our first look at Star Wars: The Force Awakens… and to a much, much lesser extentAlvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip and Sisters.
Just remember, I'm not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they'll end up on the Tomatometer. Let's take a look at This Rotten Week has to offer.
Rotten Watch Prediction
Watch the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens for the millionth time below:
I couldn’t have been easy for George Lucas to cede the reins of this franchise over to a new dude, but I suppose if anyone was going to do the heavy lifting on one of the greatest (the greatest?) movie franchise ever then J.J. Abrams should be that dude. After the not-so-well received prequels started hitting the screen a few years back, it looked like the Star Wars franchise was in real trouble from a respect point of view. The merits of Phantom Menace (56%), Attack of the Clones (59%) and Revenge of the Sith (79%) have been debated ad nauseum, and it isn’t worth rehashing the would-a, should-a, could-a piece again. I would just say it’s nice to have a rebirth here in the vision of a new director with a story somewhat tangentially linked to the originals.
From the many trailers and tidbits of news leaked throughout the process, this movie looks equal parts new blood and homage to the past. I am sure Abrams and company felt the need to serve a bunch of different masters here; wanting to breathe new life into the franchise while also making sure fanboys and girls worldwide wouldn’t flip their shit so-and-so wasn’t paid due. All of the old players look to make appearances here, while also following a story of two new Jedis getting their light saber on for the first time. It looks awesome.
Look, if you are reading this site, there’s a good chance I’m not bringing you any Star Wars hot takes you didn’t already know. Let’s just get excited for this, critics be damned (though I think they’ll like it as well).