It only makes sense that fans as passionate as those of the Star Wars franchise will run through the newest installment, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, with a fine-toothed comb to find criticisms. The most common critique for the film so far has been that it’s structured to similarly to A New Hope, and features too many nods, homages, and borrowed content. Director J.J. Abrams has obviously heard of this, and explained his reasoning recently on the THR Awards Chatter podcast. Here’s what he had to say:
“I can understand that someone might say, ‘Oh, it’s a complete rip-off!'”
“What was important for me was introducing brand new characters using relationships that were embracing the history that we know to tell a story that is new — to go backwards to go forwards.”
Abrams also acknowledged that he was very aware that there would be no pleasing everyone:
“I knew that, whatever we did, there would be a group of people — and I was just hoping and praying that it would be smaller than not — that would take issue with any number of things,”
“But I knew we weren’t making the movie for any other reason than we believed that it could be something meaningful and special and entertaining and worthy of people’s time.”
It seems Abram’s hopes and prayers worked; with The Force Awakens proving to be a critical success while blowing up previous box office records left and right. Being a veteran of film franchises, it seems pretty safe to say that this director knows what he’s doing.