New trailers provide first taste of the return of beloved franchises



Eddie Brancale

There have always been movies that define a generation. Children of the late ‘70’s and early ‘80’s will tell you that “Star Wars” was the greatest work of art of their time.If we move into the ‘90’s and early 21st century, the paradigm shifts from “Star Wars” to popular franchises such as “Jurassic Park” and “Terminator.” 

Fast-forward to 2014, and these timeless franchises are still going strong. With the recent releases of trailers for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Terminator: Genisys” and “Jurassic World,” these monumental film franchises have gained their second wind. 

Plans for a fourth “Jurassic Park” movie had struggled to gain traction. Ever since the release of “Jurassic Park 3,” the producers at Universal Studios have been eager to cash in on the popular film franchise once again. 

However, due to a lukewarm response to the last entry in the series, producers had difficulty developing a new storyline about man-made dinosaurs.Back in 1993, the first film in the series was met with an overwhelmingly positive reaction from both critics and audiences alike. The film was one of the first to use computer-generated imagery and led a new wave for special effects in action movies. 

For a short time, it was the highest-grossing film of all time, and has become a cherished film in the hearts of moviegoers, with almost everyone remembering the first time they ever saw “Jurassic Park.” Now, the park is reopening, and with the help of the newest American action hero Chris Pratt (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “The Lego Movie”), “Jurassic World” has its sights set on recapturing the magic of the original.

The trailer for the newest “Terminator” was released last week, and it seems that people have more questions about the film than answers. Producers have remained quiet as to the plot of the film, so it seems that we’ll just have to wait and see. 

The film brings back Arnold Schwarzenegger as T-800, and includes the iconic T-1000 in its pursuit of Sara Conner. The original James Cameron masterpiece is one of the most popular films of all time, and its sequel, “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” is widely regarded as one of the greatest films of all time, with praise going to the groundbreaking special effects and CGI. 

The franchise appeared to be dead after the disappointing performance of “Terminator: Salvation,” but the return of Schwarzenegger to his signature role has fans excited about the rebirth of the Terminator.

Out of all the new trailers, the teaser for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” generated the most excitement, with moviegoers worldwide ecstatic over the release of a new entry in the franchise. 

After Disney’s acquisition of LucasFilm in late 2012, plans were announced to develop a brand new Star Wars film, a film that would be both the beginning of a new trilogy and a sequel to the 1983 classic “Return of the Jedi.” 

The last film in the series, “Revenge of the Sith,” concluded the prequel trilogy and seemed to end the series on a high note. 

Now, with plans for three more films, it seems that the “Star Wars” franchise, much like “Jurassic Park” and “Terminator,” is here to stay.