ATTENTION: SPOILERS AHEAD! IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THE NEW STAR WARS MOVIE YET, THEN WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN? IF THE MOVIE GETS SPOILED FOR YOU ITS NO ONE'S FAULT BUT YOUR OWN!
After eleven years of waiting, the Star Wars saga has finally been expanded! Several months ago, the newest installment of the highly successful Star Wars film series was released, to the biggest opening in the history of movies! Needless to say the movie was a hit, with costumes and effects being main points of praise, along with the new energy injected into the series.
But, just like all movies, Star Wars: The Force Awakens was met with some criticism. One of the main points against the movie was that some people felt that it took too much from the original Star Wars movie, more recently known as A New Hope.
Is this true? And, if so, does this make the movie bad? Let's analyze:
For those of you who don't know it, let's recap the plot of A New Hope in general terms: A young kid, Luke, grows up on a desert planet. All he dreams about is joining the Rebellion forces to fight the tyrannical Empire. One day, he meets a droid that takes him to meet an old hero with whom he escapes the planet on the Millennium Falcon piloted by a smuggler and his copilot. They are captured by the Empire and brought onto a space station: the Death Star. Long story short: the old hero dies, the others escape to the Rebellion and come back with a fighting force that blows up the Death Star. They are hailed as heroes, credits roll: THE END
Great movie, right? Now, let's take a look at Star Wars: The Force Awakens in general terms too:
A young kid, Rey, grows up on a desert planet. She has no plans to leave. One day she meets another boy, Finn. She also meets a droid who has a mission given to him by a pilot in the Resistance. They team up and escape the planet in the Millennium Falcon. There, she meets an old hero and smuggler with his copilot, who take them to a cantina, where Rey is captured by the tyrannical First Order and taken to a Death Star. The Resistance shows up, saves her, blows up the Death Star (Starkiller Base). She finds Luke Skywalker and gives him his old lightsaber back. Credits roll. The End.
Okay, so it's pretty plain to see that the plots between the two movies are similar. Not just similar in the fact that there are echoes of the past in the new movie, but to the point where you know that J.J. Abrams and his team did this intentionally.
Now, to many viewers, this seemed like a rip off of the original, and I totally get that. But does it really mean that The Force Awakens is a bad movie? Well, I'm here to prove to you that it isn't.
Case #1: Isn't this what we all wanted anyway?
Let's think about it. Remember when The Phantom Menace came out? I actually hadn't been born yet, so I can't say that I do. However, I certainly know enough to say that it didn't go over well with fans. Why? A lot of reasons. One of which being that it was almost a completely different movie. Sure, there were a lot of references, alongside some iconic items and characters from the original trilogy, and while the prequels started to feel more and more like Star Wars films as time went on, they still just weren't the same. Naturally, the fans complained (and with good reason).
Now, we have a movie that is very similar to the original. And what happens? Inevitably, fans will complain. Did J.J. Abrams have to essentially remake the first film? No. But, it still was kind of nice to see things back in the way they used to be, wasn't it?
Admit it, you almost cried the first time you saw one of the new Tie-Fighters in flight. Don't even get me started on the X-Wings.
Case #2: Loose Ends with no Original base
While the seventh episode definitely borrows some themes and plot points from its earliest predecessor, there are also some distinct parts of the movie that leave us wondering what will happen next. And the best part: they have NO equivalent in the Original Trilogy, or even the Prequel Trilogy.
For instance, don't you wonder who Rey's parents are? Or what about what will happen when Finn is faced with the consequences of betraying the First Order? Or why R2-D2 suddenly woke up when Rey arrived at the base?
Case #3: They know what they're doing
Yes, J.J. Abrams borrowed from A New Hope intentionally. He felt that if the franchise had any future, they would have to backtrack a little bit. But, rest assured, the rest of the trilogy will hold so much more for Star Wars fans. Trust me, The Force Awakens only sets the stage for more to come.
In conclusion, The Force Awakens may come off as a cheap rip-off, but give it a chance. It might surprise you. And who knows? Maybe Episode VIII might even surpass The Empire Strike Back (can you imagine?)
(I can't tell you how much I enjoyed typing the words: Episode VIII! The future of the franchise is looking bright. This is a GOOD time for Star Wars fans...)
And, if you didn't like the new movie, just remember...
...it could have had Jar-Jar.
Thanks for reading and be sure to check out the other stuff I've written on this very site! Also, leave a comment telling me what you think, I'd really like to know. Until next time!