Star Wars: The Force Awakens was without doubt the cinematic event of last year.
Having currently grossed nearly $2billion, it’s not only the highest-grossing release of 2015, but also the top earner for any Disney film ever released, the biggest-ever film in North America and the third-highest-grossing film of all time.
And it was the fastest film in history to surpass the $1billion mark. So, it’s fair to say that for some, it was the cinematic event of a lifetime.
Critical reception to the film was generally strong too, with our own review determining it was “out of this world”, and that the “famous 70s Star Wars aesthetic is recaptured, adding to the overall undertone of the movie as one which blends old and new seamlessly.”
But there’s been a number of naysayers amidst the claims of a fine return to form for the franchise, and none louder than those questioning why The Force Awakens bears so many distinct similarities to its older siblings.
Those claims have now been turned into a parody by Dorkly. In it, old Star Wars characters Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Lando Calrissian, Darth Vader, Boba Fett and the Death Star II come face-to-face with new characters Rey, Han Solo (he’s obviously in both, but here he represents the new film),Finn, Kylo Ren, Captain Phasma and the Starkiller Base. The video sees them talk about their roles, realising how similar they are.
There’s little to dispute the fact that The Force Awakens marks a fine return to form for the Star Wars franchise after being dragged through the mud by Jah Jah Binks et al, but the parody does point out some of the films more marked similarities.
In the parody Han Solo realises that he falls short of Obi-Wan Kanobi by failing to return as a “force ghost”, but as we reported this morning, there might be a shock twist in store for Star Wars Episode VIII.
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