Star Wars: The Force Awakens may be shattering global box office records and garnering mostly very strong reviews, but that doesn’t mean it is without fault in some fans' eyes.
Fans were quick to point out how Episode VII shares many plot points with the original Star Wars film, later dubbed A New Hope - a criticism director JJ Abrams is well aware of.
Addressing complaints his film is too reminiscent of the original trilogy, Abrams told The Hollywood Reporter: "It was obviously a wildly intentional thing that we go backwards, in some ways, to go forwards in the important ways.
“Ultimately the structure of Star Wars itself is as classic and tried and true as you can get.”
Every lightsaber in Star Wars history (films)
Every lightsaber in Star Wars history (films)
1/12 General Grievous
The general played a big part in the Clone Wars, collecting dead Jedi's lightsaber's along the way and using them to do a crazy spin-attack. Unfortunately, they all get cut off by Obi-Wan just a little too quickly.
2/12 Qui-Gon Jinn
Obi-Wan's master really didn't have too much time on screen, but his battles with Darth Maul will go down as some of the best in Star Wars history.
3/12 The Emperor
It was a little weird seeing The Emperor, at this stage Palpatine, getting out a lightsaber and battling Jedi. Much better when just using Force lightning!
4/12 Anakin Skywalker/Luke Skywalker/Finn
Now, this one really does have some history, travelling down the generations of Skywalkers, and briefly using by Finn in The Force Awakens. Of course, **Spoiler** someone else also uses the saber after it calls to them, could they be a Skywalker to?
5/12 Darth Vader
The first red-lightsaber we ever saw on screen: the definition of evil and an iconic weapon.
Again, a little odd seeing a character from the Original Trilogy using a saber, especially when he was jumping around after putting down his walking cane. Ah well, doesn't stop Yoda being a brilliant mentor to Luke.
7/12 Mace Windu
Samuel L. Jackson managed to someone get George Lucas to give him a purple lightsaber, just to stand out from the rest of the crowd. That's one bad*ss motherlightsaber.
Sure, Obi-Wan managed to lose his saber on countless occasions throughout the prequels, but at least he had it in A New Hope when going against Vader. Because that went well...
9/12 Darth Maul
Maul's double ended lightsaber may have been the best thing about Phantom Menace. Scratch that, he was the best thing about that film! The last battle between Maul, Jinn and Obi-Wan was phenomenal, just a shame Maul didn't last until the next film (of course, he came back in The Clone Wars TV show, but that will take a little too long to explain here)
10/12 Kylo Ren
At first, the cross lightsaber was mocked by the Internet for being impractical. Yet, when seen in the movie, it's ferocious, spitting out light due to be unstable, much like it's master.
11/12 Count Dooku
Now, Dooku's character wasn't in the films for very long, feeling hugely underutilised, especially considering it was the great Christopher Lee, who took on the role as he was a trained fencer. It was still hugely impressive for an 80-year-old to be the best sword fighter in the galaxy.
12/12 Luke Skywalker
Luke's second saber, after the one he inherited from his father, was originally going to be blue as well. Yet, due to not standing out against the Tatooine landscape, it was changed to green - which is why in early posters his saber is blue.
He went on to explain that he can understand people who say it is “a complete rip-off” but knew the importance of “going backwards to go forwards” in order to introduce new characters.
“The story of history repeating itself was - I believe - an obvious and intentional thing, and the structure of meeting a character who comes from a nowhere desert and discovers that she has a power within her, where the bad guys have a weapon that is destructive but that ends up being destroyed - those simple tenets are by far the least important aspects of this movie, and they provide bones that were well-proven long before they were used in Star Wars.”
His thoughts echo those of the very persuasive Star Wars Ring Theory.
Abrams follows up by saying that it was much more important for The Force Awakens to take inspiration from the past Star Wars films in comparison to upcoming ones, putting to rest rumours Episode VIII will be a replica of The Empire Strikes Back.
In other Star Wars news, many of the plot holes from The Force Awakens have been filled in by the novelisation of the film, including how Poe got off Jakku.Reuse content