I don’t usually do movie reviews. Movies evoke emotions and so people are not always objective when rating them. It’s been a week since I saw The Force Awakens, but I feel the same as I did when I walked out of the theater—WOW, great movie, and then it occurred to me, this is kind of just a re-telling of A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and The Return of the Jedi (hereafter referred to as NHESBRoJ)
Before you object, consider:
- Luke and Rey—live in desolate terrain; were orphaned early; they both feel the force and use it early, though they still need training.
- There’s a VID—very important Droid that is carrying plans (map) that is crucial to the success of the rebels.
- In NHESBRoJ Darth Vader is unexpectedly revealed as Luke’s father. In The Force Awakens, Kylo Ren is the son of Han Solo…evil father, good son… good father, evil son.
In both there’s a character that abandons the cause, but then returns. If you think about it, each member of the new main trio shares a lot of similarities to a member of the original trilogy: Rey as Luke, Poe as Leia (in that he’s already a resistance fighter when the movie starts and sends a message in a droid only to get tortured for it later), and Finn as Han Solo.
Finn’s connection to Han Solo’s character is most evident when he too tries to run away and desert the Resistance’s cause but ends up returning. Not only that, but he ends up being an important player in the final battle, just like Han. In the original film, Han and Chewie help Luke destroy the Death Star. In Episode VII, Finn shares crucial information about the structure of the Starkiller Base as well as their operations. Neither Star Wars film ending would be possible without the wildcard character.
- Good guys have to blow up the enemy base—the Dark Side really knows how to build spherical bases—that look just alike (or very similar).
- A wise mentor dies in both—Ben Kenobi and Han Solo. AND, Luke and Rey both witness the deaths.
It just seems to much like a retread to me and with all the talent assembled to make this movie, I just expected more originality.