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‘Craziest case of people gaslighting themselves’: Star Wars Fans Divided as New Fan Campaign Claims The Force Awakens Is a Good but Misunderstood Movie

'Craziest case of people gaslighting themselves': Star Wars Fans Divided as New Fan Campaign Claims The Force Awakens Is a Good but Misunderstood Movie

Star Wars: The Force Awakens released in 2015 is the first movie of the third trilogy that focuses on the New Republic which is threatened to be destroyed by a new order. The movie was a huge success at the box office. With only around $247 million in production cost, it gathered a total of more than $2 billion worldwide. Though the movie was such a huge success at the box office, it was criticized by many fans and viewers due to many reasons.

Daisy Ridley in Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Daisy Ridley in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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Criticism Faced by Star Wars: The Force Awakens

There are many who have absolutely loved this movie and there are those who hated it. Though it was a huge blockbuster movie, had a great box office collection, and paved the way for the next movies to come, it was still hated because of many reasons. One of the main reasons was that The Force Awakens had exactly the same plot as the first Star Wars movie, Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. In this movie, the main protagonist forms a team in order to rescue the princess who was abducted by the antagonist and also to liberate themselves from a powerful empire. The Force Awakens almost has the same plot design as its storyline and also revolves around the main protagonist and his team members fighting off an invading force. So basically many disliked it because of its lack of originality.

Daisey Ridley as Rey, BB-8, and John Boyega as Finn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Daisey Ridley as Rey, BB-8, and John Boyega as Finn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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Many fans complained that the movie was completely out of its tone and style. The Star Wars saga plays as a continuous flow of events and storyline, whereas The Force Awakens seemed like an action-packed movie with instant plot change and very fast-paced. Though the first part of the movie was very well played and the plot made sense, it was after that, that the movie started to get more unsatisfactory and shallow.

The Force Awakens – a Remake of A New Hope

Many Star Wars fans loved the movie because it was basically a modern version of the first movie, A New Hope. Although the storyline had major similarities, it had instances where it was a bit different from the first movie. The first movie focused on Luke Skywalker’s journey to becoming a Jedi, as he was guided by Obi-Wan Kenobi. And in The Force Awakens, the protagonist (Rey) experiences her powers for the first time through absolute coincidence.

A still from <em>Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope</em>
A still from Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope

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In The Force Awakens, instead of Princess Leia getting abducted (which happened in A New Hope) BB-8 is chased after by stormtroopers, who during the night escape into the dunes with Rey along with Finn who then later help them to escape from the situation with the help of pilot droid.

The Star Wars franchise has a total of 12 movies under its belt and with roughly $150 million to $200 million in productions cost for each movie, the franchise has amassed at the box office a total of over a whopping 10.3 billion dollars.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is available for streaming on Prime Video.

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Written by Rajdeep Majumder

Rajdeep Majumder is a maniac for cold coffee besides being an avid CoD enthusiast and a student of Computer Science. On top of a budding investment in music and pop culture, Rajdeep now has an accumulated interest in the world of film and television. As an aspiring content writer, he can now boast of more than 200 published articles on Fandomwire under his byline. Looking ahead, he can envision himself backpacking across Europe within 5 years’ time.