While Star Wars fans have many, many criticisms of Disney’s new sequel trilogy, one of the most popular ones is that Star Wars: The Force Awakens was too similar to A New Hope. It’s hard to argue that the films aren’t similar, I would agree they are, however, I understand it, to a point.
J.J. Abrams was tasked with bringing the franchise back, quite the difficult task if I do say so myself. What J.J. did was establish a safe sandbox for future writers and directors to play in, and I understand why he wasted it to feel familiar, but I do think it was a bit too safe. Abrams discussed this while speaking with Rolling Stone, you can check out what he had to say below.
“And I completely get the criticism, and for those who found it too much of an overlap, I say, ‘I totally hear you and respect the review.’ But the idea was to continue the story and to begin with this young woman who felt like Luke Skywalker was a myth. And to tell a story that was not just history repeating itself, but a story that embraced the movies that we know as the actual history of this galaxy. So that they are still living in a place where there is good versus evil, they’re still living in the shadow of what has come before, still grappling with the sins of the father and the people who have preceded them. This was not about a nostalgia play. It felt, to me, like a way of saying, ‘Let’s go back to a Star Wars that we know, so we can tell another story.’”
As much as I complain and currently dislike the film, I understand the immense pressure Abrams was under, and give him a little bit of slack. Sure, the similarities are there, the inexperienced hero meets an old man who helps her on her journey, and then loses that mentor figure later in the film. Another similarity is key information being hidden in a droid, that more or less becomes the MacGuffin of the film. I actually enjoyed The Force Awakens until the end, and that’s where it lost me.
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Source: Rolling Stone