The Force Awakens and A New Hope Comparison

It didn’t take long after people saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens for people to start saying that the movie from director J.J. Abrams as essentially a remake of Star Wars: A New Hope, just with some new characters, added story elements and a new score. There’s essentially no argument against that, but it’s up to fans as to whether or not they’re fine with accepting that.

However, if there are any people out there who just don’t see the similarities between The Force Awakens and A New Hope, a side-by-side comparison of both movies has been put together online, and it’s pretty much an undeniable fact that the new movie borrowed a lot from the old. Watch The Force Awakens and A New Hope comparison after the jump.

Here’s the comparison of The Force Awakens and A New Hope from Zachary Antell (via Gizmodo):

Even though this is just a visual comparison, since we can see the story beats unfolding, it’s easy to see just how much of the narrative is shared between the two films. The footage from A New Hope gets a little out of order every now and then, specifically comparing the scene when Luke Skywalker, dressed as a Stormtrooper, rescues Princess Leia to Fnn rescuing Poe Dameron from the First Order.

Again, the question is whether or not you’re okay with The Force Awakens borrowing so much from A New Hope. Personally, I think this is exactly what needed to be done in order to get certain fans on board with the next chapter of the Star Wars saga. It gives fans something that is familiar enough for them to have nostalgia for while also giving them enough new to take off in different direction with Rian Johnson in Star Wars: Episode VIII.

For me, it’s Rey, Finn, Poe and Kylo Ren that have me itching to see where we’re headed next. But these characters needed to play with a little of the old and familiar in order for a lot of the fans to really get on board. As a huge Star Wars fan, I have every confidence that Rian Johnson will start to veer away from the familiar and explore uncharted territory in the Star Wars universe. But The Force Awakens is a good place to start as we embark on some new adventures.

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