I saw The Force Awakens on opening night, but it took me this long to come to terms with the fact that it’s a shameless ripoff of A New Hope. Here are the ways:
1 – Both movies open with the name Star Wars in the exact same font! And it’s a weird font, so no way is this a coincidence. Plus it’s the exact same music! Did they think we wouldn’t notice? Most damning, The Force Awakens has the same kind of slanted words that go off into space, like the person responsible for scrolling the text put it on crooked. Lame.
2 – Both movies have a gold robot. Sorry, but giving him a red arm doesn’t constitute originality. They didn’t even try to make the voice sound different! C’mon, J.J., you had to have been paid well–why not try to earn it?
3 – The Force Awakens has this orange-and-white rolly-ball robot. I’m pretty sure he was in A New Hope. Am I remembering wrong? Was it The Empire Strikes Back? Maybe I should do some research–ha ha, just kidding! Internet outrage backed up by facts is for squares.
4 – Everyone dies at the end of both movies. Both times, I thought it was needlessly nihilistic for a film aimed at mainstream audiences.
5 – Both films squander the opportunity to have a character actually say the phrase “star wars” and then give a knowing look to the camera. WTF?
6 – The Force Awakens takes place in outer space, while A New Hope takes place in Dallas, but A New Hope has several scenes where the characters discuss how cool it would be to live in space. Coincidence? Okay…maybe. I’ll cut them some slack on that one.
7 – if u like starwars ur so dumb lol!!!!!!!!
8 – Both films feature parentage as a major theme, which is totally unrealistic.
9 – Both films have Harrison Ford pretending that he understands what that gorilla is saying. If it talked in sign language like Koko, I’d buy it, but no way can anybody decipher that gibberish. Why would J.J. rip off that part? Rule of thumb: If you’re ripping off somebody else’s hard work, pick and choose the elements you steal. Leave out the gorilla.
10 – Aside from those things above, the two films are pretty different.