Star Wars is back in a big, bad way, with the first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens having dropped a year out from the release of the movie. The naming of The Force Awakens caused the Internet to stand up and take notice, but the first trailer caused absolute chaos.
There were the usual naysayers who take any and every opportunity to condemn stuff for no apparent reason. There were the fanboys who filmed their teary reactions to the footage. And then there were the auteurs who created their own versions of the Star Wars trailer.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
This may just be a teaser for Star Wars VII, showing seven short clips lasting all of 90 seconds, but it’s enough source material for the creative types to get creating.
Watch the original above, and then see what 11 veritable geniuses did to lovingly parody The Force Awakens. Force, farce, it’s all the same as far as the Internet is concerned.
This amateur version of the Star Wars VII trailer shows you don’t need a cast and crew of hundreds, or a team of computer boffins engineering special effects, to create an exciting movie trailer. You DO need all that and more to make it look good, but if you’re not worried about the aesthetics this will do just fine.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens isn’t the Star Wars of past generations. This is a big-budget Disney production with all the spit and polish we’ve come to expect from Hollywood. This version of the trailer shows what The Force Awakens would look like had it been made in the 1980s. We can all be thankful it wasn’t.
There seems to be a new law in place that if something exists in the real world, there has to be a LEGO version of it made as well. It didn’t take long for someone to replicate the Star Wars trailer in LEGO for the whole world to admire. It may not be up to the standard of The LEGO Movie, but it’s still thoroughly entertaining nonetheless.
Wes Anderson Edition
Wes Anderson is a film director known for having a very particular style. This version of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is one person’s take on what would happen if Wes Anderson had been hired to direct it over J.J. Abrams. Anyone who has seen The Royal Tenenbaums, The Darjeeling Limited, or The Grand Budapest Hotel should understand the references.
Spaceballs is Mel Brooks’ parody of the original Star Wars trilogy. With Rick Moranis playing Lord Dark Helmet and Bill Pullman playing Captain Lone Starr, the references are pretty transparent. And, thankfully, also hilarious. It’s a good thing that parodies aren’t considered infringements of copyright, or George Lucas would likely have hired some lawyers.
Lens Flare Edition
J.J. Abrams is a brilliant filmmaker with one rather obvious flaw: his penchant for overusing lens flare. Watch either of the recent Star Trek movies and you’ll immediately spot the problem. We have to hope he hasn’t continued with this ridiculous technique with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This version of the trailer shows us what it would look like.
Michael Bay Edition
This version of the Star Wars VII trailer includes the movie-making tropes for which Michael Bay is known. Namely, over-the-top explosions at any and every opportunity, product placement at any and every opportunity, and an audio track designed to leave you partially deaf when you leave the movie theater. Which makes lens flare look positively pedestrian by comparison.
The reason there’s a new Star Wars on the way is Disney buying Lucasfilm for $4 billion at the end of 2012. Mickey and chums wasted no time in making a new Star Wars to start clawing back some of that outlay. But will Disney ownership change the nature of the Star Wars movies? This version of the trailer suggests so.
Nicolas Cage Edition
The Internet loves Nicolas Cage almost as much as it hates Justin Bieber. I don’t really understand the reasons for this hero worship — it’s not as though he’s a great actor or anything — but it exists, and it means there was always going to be a Nicolas Cage version of the Star Wars trailer. This is it. It’s weird. It’s funny. It’s Nicolas Cage playing every goddamn part.
George Lucas Edition
When he sold Lucasfilm to Disney, George Lucas chose to abandon the franchise that made him both famous and extremely wealthy. Anyone who has either seen the prequel trilogy or witnessed Lucas butchering the original cuts years after release should be thankful for this fact. This version of the trailer offers a glimpse of what a mess Lucas would have made of The Force Awakens.
While the new Star Wars undeniably looks very different than the old Star Wars, there is clearly enough crossover to bring the old fans along for the new ride. This version of the trailer shows that clearly, with old footage used in place of the new footage. It’s not exactly the same but it’s close enough to fill me with nostalgia.
Which One Made Your Force Awaken??
Having watched them all — you did watch them all, didn’t you?! — which did you enjoy the most? Or, to put it rather more euphemistically, which one made your force awaken?
Please let us know in the comments below. Or link us to any more parodies of Star Wars: A Force Awakens you happen to see on your interstellar travels across the Internetz.
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