It seems that one of the fundamental rules of the entertainment industry is that the more popular something becomes, the more fashionable it is to rip on it. Some criticisms are even fair, and as something accumulates fans it opens itself up to the scrutiny of that fanbase. No doubt, pointing out plot holes, fantastical elements, or something that just plain doesn’t make sense is fun sometimes, particularly with franchises you love. On the other hand, some people act like contrarians simply to be edgy, or because it makes them feel intelligent to point out the flaws in something popular. Others do it because they didn’t pay close enough attention to the work in question.
Last year, Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released to near-universal critical acclaim and booming success with the fans. At its height, the movie made around a billion dollars a week. With such a far-reaching and fanatical fanbase for a beloved series like Star Wars, some fan nitpicking was inevitable. The most famous sci-fi movie series of all time is something that’s going to get a lot of critique, and being perhaps the most highly anticipated movie of the decade, The Force Awakens was no different. But amidst all its popularity, some naysayers remained. Certainly, there is no such thing as a perfect, airtight story, and there’s nothing wrong with ripping something you enjoy. But when a movie’s worth is put on the chopping block over a few quibbles which may not even be valid, then it becomes worth a response.
Let’s look at some of the dumbest criticisms made of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and examine why they’re pedantic, one-sided, or just plain wrong. Since we will be discussing plot elements of the movie, there may be spoilers ahead...
10 The Science Of The Movie Doesn’t Add Up
9 A Black Stormtrooper?
8 Kylo Ren Is Too Emotional Or "A Whiny Vader Wannabe"
7 Kylo Ren Is Easily Defeated By Rey
6 Luke And Han Were Cowards For Running Away
5 Why Build Another Death Star When The First Two Failed?
4 Starkiller Base Is Too Easily Destroyed
3 Kylo Ren Shouldn’t Have Taken Off His Mask
2 Rey Is Overpowered Or "A Mary Sue"
1 It’s Exactly Like A New Hope
This one is perhaps the most common. There’s no denying that The Force Awakens shares many plot elements, scenes, set pieces, and much of the story with A New Hope. What critics fail to realize is that 30 years passed between the last Star Wars films, and that this was done on purpose. Director J.J. Abrams defended the references an intentional way to reassure fans this was still the same Star Wars while introducing new characters and themes, and the similarities to A New Hope were part of the creative process to bridge the gap between the old and new universes.
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