Star Wars Fans, It's Time to Grow Up

Martin Daubney is flummoxed by fanboy love over new trailer
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 17, 2015 8:00 AM CDT
Updated Apr 17, 2015 1:50 PM CDT
Star Wars Fans, It's Time to Grow Up
This image released by Lucasfilm shows Chewbacca, left, and Harrison Ford as Han Solo in a scene from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," the film by JJ Abrams that hits theaters Dec. 18.   (Lucasfilm via AP)

The Internet went crazy yesterday when the second official trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII—The Force Awakens was uploaded to YouTube. Maybe a little too crazy, according to Martin Daubney, who pens a scathing yet colorful analysis in the Telegraph of what he thinks of the "mass hysteria"—which he also describes as "grown men … behaving the way tween girls do when Justin Bieber takes his top off." Some of his points:

  • As a card-carrying adult, Daubney is at a loss about the sheer number of people dressing like Stormtroopers and posting "wildly inappropriate tweets" (he cites one where a guy confesses to weeping after watching the trailer 13 times). "Am I the only man who finds this behaviour all a bit odd?" he writes. "Shouldn't grown men get over Star Wars already?"

  • He doesn't have a problem with the cinematography, which he says "looks mostly like every other Star Wars movie, only with better CGI." He throws a Tom Cruise jibe in there, too, writing, "It certainly looks slicker than … Edge of Tomorrow."
  • It's not even that he's incapable of feeling that Star Wars vibe. He admits he saw the first film in the franchise in 1977 and "being pant-wettingly excited about it. But then, I was 7."
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