Whether you agree with the criticism or not, there are a number of similarities between Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the original Star Wars film, otherwise known as A New Hope.
The main parallels include:
- The droid has the important information
- Hero is left on a sandy planet to grow up
- The villain is a light side turned dark mask wearing guy with a huge connection to the mentor figure
- The heroes go to a canteen to find "a ship to get them somewhere"
- The enemy is in control while the good guys are a rebellion team
- The enemy has a giant weapon with one weakness that the good guys find and are able to exploit without having to go through the majority of the evil army
- The leader of the enemy is nothing more than a projection, with his apprentice doing the majority of the evil-doing.
- The mentor dies at the hands of the apprentice villain
And those are just the most major ones, there are plenty more that people who really support that criticism would pick out. Personally, I just see the film as a beautiful tribute to the original trilogy, while also managing to start a great new story that will stand on its own. And there is someone who agrees with my point of view: J.J. Abrams, who directed the film!
Speaking to the THR Awards Chatter Podcast, Abrams said:
"I can understand that someone might say, 'Oh, it's a complete rip-off!'
What was important for me was introducing brand new characters using relationships that were embracing the history that we know to tell a story that is new — to go backwards to go forwards.
I knew that, whatever we did, there would be a group of people — and I was just hoping and praying that it would be smaller than not — that would take issue with any number of things.
But I knew we weren't making the movie for any other reason than we believed that it could be something meaningful and special and entertaining and worthy of people's time."
And it certainly was worthy of my time at least. I love what J.J. said about going backwards to go forwards, because that is what I thought the film was all about to begin with. I thought that the references to the original trilogy, the homage we all really needed to be happy with the film, would be what this first film in the trilogy is about. But while they've done that, they have also started a new story. Now they can take the next two films to tell the rest of that story without the shadow of the original trilogy hanging over them.
But what do you think? Was the new film too much of a remake, or did it merely honor the first film while also telling the story of a new generation?
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