Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars opens with the iconic image of a Star Destroyer flying overhead into the frame as it dwarfs a tiny spacecraft. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (the seventh episode in the series) opens with a whole planet being overshadowed by a ginormous spaceship. The Force Awakens makes it clear from the opener, and beyond, that it’s not only restaging familiar elements of the series but going bigger without the need to re-purpose the material into something new as its gains are only incremental. The Force Awakens may cause bouts of déjà vu masquerading as ‘fan service’ as it plays in a toy pit of nostalgia, but it’s essentially a joyous resetting of the table that’s aggressively serviceable, yet it excels at the generational shift to new characters and the prospect of new adventures.

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