Star Wars: The Force Awakens(2015)
- RatedPG /GenreAction, Adventure, Fantasy
[SPOILER ALERT: DO NOT READ THIS IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN 'THE FORCE AWAKENS]
One of the most consistent feedback and criticisms we've heard from the new 'The Force Awakens', is how similar it is to 'A New Hope'.
JJ Abrams' admiration for George Lucas' original movie is so apparent in almost every frame. There are some tweaks, of course, but the bare essential beats remain the same.
There's a child on a desert planet, a droid carrying important information, a planet-destroying space station... you get the idea.
In our review, we said 'The Force Awakens' "revives the nostalgia from the first trilogy, and at the same time gives new hope to ‘Star Wars’ fans."
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Abrams’ job was to deliver something that felt true to the original trilogy, a movie to recapture their essence, and that is exactly what he has done. The similarity hopefully restores the magic that was lost in the prequels.
That said, let's take a look a how similar 'A New Hope' and 'The Force Awakens' are:
1. A hero passes valuable information to his droid during an attack. Droid flees.
2. The hero gets captured, then interrogated and tortured for information.
3. A lonely orphan of mysterious parentage living on a desert planet saves the droid. They become fast friends.
4. Lonely desert orphan makes another new friend; the bad guys catch up to them and they escape in a spaceship called Millennium Falcon.
5. There's a wise old dude who explains of things from a long, long time ago.
6. There is a princess who is a leader of the rebels.
7. There is a big bad villain in black wearing a helmet who can do strange things with his hands. And he is pretty handy with a lightsaber.
8. There’s an evil military officer who is just as bad as the other evil villain in black.
9. It turns out there’s actually an even more evil supreme villain pulling all the strings behind the scenes.
10. And they have a planet-sized space station that’s capable of destroying planets.
11. The bad guys destroy planet(s) to make an example of to the good guys.
12. Desert orphan and friend meet a rakish space smuggler named Han Solo and his furry co-pilot Chewbacca.
13. Han Solo has some unresolved issues with some shady space criminals and they plan to kill him, but they get killed first. We still don't know who shot first.
14. There’s a cantina with weird aliens.
15. The rebel base is on a secret forested planet.
16. Leia plans an attack on the planet-sized space station, from their base’s control room. They discover the space station has a weakness that can be exploited.
17. Wise old dude confronts someone close to him who has turned to the Dark Side, and gets killed.
18. Desert orphan, now one of the heroes, watches helplessly from a distance as the wise old dude is killed.
19. The heroes manage to turn off the space station’s shield, prompting a final attack from the rebel’s squadron of X-Wing fighters.
20. The X-Wing fighters fly through a trench on the space station to fire on its weak point.
21. The space station is destroyed. The good guys win, the bad guys suffer big losses, but the helmet-wearing villain survives to fight another day.