EW spoke to J.J. Abrams very briefly about Star Wars Episode VII:
EW: Which of the previous Star Wars films best exemplifies what you’re aiming to do in terms of the spirit or tone of Episode VII?
Abrams: “Impossible for me to say because it’s going to be an evolving thing. I would say we are working really hard to make a movie that feels as emotional and authentic and exciting as possible. Whatever your favorite Star Wars movie is and how to compare it is really sort of subjective.”
EW: Media and fans have been offering you a ton of unsolicited advice about to how to approach the film. Is there any particular thing they’ve said that you’ve taken to heart?
Abrams: It’s been nice see that how important it is and to be reminded how important it is to so many people. We all know that [creator George Lucas’] dream has become almost a religion to some people. I remember reading a thing somewhere, someone wrote about just wanting [the new film] to feel real; to feel authentic. I remember I felt that way when I was 11 years old when I saw the first one. As much of a fairy tale as it was, it felt real. And to me, that is exactly right.”
I can’t tell if in this “cave,” what’s there is what I’m bringing with me. But I have to say it kind of annoys me when Abrams and Kennedy play this anti-CGI card through implication. It is all a game on that level. Did Star Trek (2009) or Star Trek in Darkness (2013) feel “real?” They looked like Star Wars prequels to me. He’s either entirely misunderstanding the “real” comments made by the mentioned fan or he’s circumventing the answer to imply something without saying it. In doing so Abrams is allowing people to see his words in multiple ways.Both ways seem to work in the film’s favor for now.
It is going to come back and bite the film in the booty when it hits theaters and it looks like Revenge of the Sith made in 2015 with better visuals.
Why does Star Wars have to pretend it is not going to use the same movie making techniques every film uses today? Why can’t Star Wars openly own the medium it propelled? They played this same game on Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, a film I love. But it was not made using the oxymoron term “practical effects.” In fact, the Indy production said the same kinds of things and then ended up being criticized for using CGI.
When people say they want it to feel “real,” they’re not talking about the hero’s journey, they’re talking about the look. They’re latching onto the most shallow aspects of things which they cannot let go of. If anyone thinks they’re gong to please those fans, they’re wrong.
Star Wars is not real. CGI feels just as “real” to an eleven year old boy as a model on a string or something actually real. The fact is when you’re eleven, you’re okay with dreaming. It isn’t until you’re mouth breathing on an AICN Talkback message that you begin to hate the world and where our dreams comes from.