‘What Star Wars: The Force Awakens learned from comic books’

Well done critique of The Force Awakens and how comics may have had an influence on the Star Wars series.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens | What we know, what might be, what will be

This argument feeds into the publisher’s belief that studios would be wise to cast film actors, say, 30 years after from the hit where they starred in a movie that relates to the original. From Vox’s Ezra Klein:

As Todd VanDerWerff writes, “By far the most consistent criticism of Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been that it’s a baldfaced rip-off of the original Star Wars.”

He’s right. This is definitely the most consistent criticism of the movie. But it’s completely backward. J.J. Abrams’s baldfaced rip-off of the original Star Wars is, by far, the most innovative thing about The Force Awakens. What he’s done is found a way to take the most important innovation of comic books — the one that has led to their total dominance of contemporary cinema — and apply it to the Star Wars franchise.

Let me explain.

If, next week, someone…

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