Star Wars fans have gone crazy over the latest installment of the Star Wars franchise and with the release of the trailer for Rogue One the hype is louder than ever. Viewers who simply enjoy the films instead of blindly following anything with the brand name attached have seen the film for what it truly is. It is nothing but a 21st century remake of the original film, Star Wars: A New Hope. Now many will be going crazy at their screens right now with that statement, however allow me to take you through the reasons why the newest Star Wars film lacked any true creativity behind the film's plot.
Both films begin with the Empire storming an area (in A New Hope a spaceship, in The Force Awakens a village) frantically looking for a map. In both films the map is hidden within the droids R2D2 and BB8. Side not, in The Force Awakens BB8 operates solo unlike R2D2 who is accompanied by C3PO. Ever wondered why BB8 has orange accents? Well orange paint is cheaper than gold. With the droids both able to escape the Empire's search for them, it results in the Empire killing everyone in the area and taking Princess Leia and Poe prisoner.
Enter the Main Character
The small droids holding the map that will either save or crush the galaxy find themselves on desert planets where they meet the main characters, Luke and Rey. Both primary characters do not have parents. While Luke does have his aunt and uncle he is still 'effectively' an orphan like Rey. Unlike Luke, Rey has more attitude and is much more direct in her approach. Does that sound like a certain Princess to anyone?
Rey is essentially a combination of both Luke and Leia for the remake of Star Wars: A New Hope. She has Luke's ability to cope with any environment but Leia's forthright and honest attitude in how she approaches a situation.
Enter the Bad Boy with a Heart of Gold.
Both characters are established as ones who have made wrong choices in life when viewers first meet them. The only difference is Han's bad past is only referenced in A New Hope, while Finn's choices are shown at the start of The Force Awakens. Finn's ethnicity is also something you can not ignore, as the original trilogy lacked both ethnically diverse characters and female characters. Both character's are established as liars and willing to do whatever they need to achieve their intended goal. For Han it was oodles of cash, for Finn it was freedom from the Empire.
Tick, Tick, Tick...Boom!
Well the only differences here is one was man-made (A New Hope), while the other was built on a planet (The Force Awakens) and that one destroyed a single planet, while the other took out five. It was at this point in the film where their lack of original ideas for this film were all to painfully obvious. Both planet killers where used in the film to simply illustrate to viewers to power the Empire has in their arsenal and to send a message to the rebels.
The Bad Guy
Both of the antagonist share more similarities than many would care to admit. Both have voice changers when they have their helmets on, their troop are actually terrified of them and both fail at holding a single unarmed female captive. The only difference between the two is that Kylo knows who is father is, where Darth Vader doesn't actually have one according to his mother. At least when Darth Maul and Darth Sidious appeared in the prequel trilogy, they were not simply carbon copies of the original Vader.
Kill the Old Man
This scene was essentially a retake on an old scene from A New Hope. Both films featured the mentor of the main character being killed in cold blood in front of their eyes. What does this lead to in both film? A fierce shooting match to get off the base by the remaining heroes. The deaths are even timed pretty much perfectly to be around the same point of the films, just prior to the big climactic battle for the finale.
It All Ends with a Big Bang
Both movies end with the planet destroyers being obliterated by the skills of top pilots on the rebel sides. During the entire space themed fight, a base full of nervous rebel soldiers and leaders watch as time runs out before they are the next target of the planet killers. For both to be destroyed a skilled pilot has to access extremely difficult weak points within both Empire bases to enable their destruction. With the bases destroyed the rebels are victorious and able to celebrate before the Empire prepare to strike back in the next film.
These are the most obvious points to how the newest film is only a remake of the original. They have made slight alterations in the newest film such as Rey rescuing herself, while Leia simply waited around her cell for rescue. Another difference was them adding the ground battle between Rey and Kylo Ren during the final space battle. But for anyone with an objective eye, the similarities are all to obvious. Every single driving point behind The Force Awakens is exactly the same as the driving points with A New Hope. I hope Episode 8 sees more originality in the entire movie, but given how this film played out I would not be surprised if Episode 8 begins on an icy planet with AT-ATs descending on a rebel base.