CinemaSins, the YouTube channel devoted to highlighting all of the plot holes in our favorite films, focused its its latest video on The Force Awakens, picking apart the newest adventure in the galaxy far far away like Jawas pick apart old speeders for parts.
Many of the sins counted during the 16-minute video (above) stemmed from The Force Awakens’ similarity to the first Star Wars film, A New Hope. The opening shot of a star destroyer above Jakku provides, according to the breakdown, a “dark shadow of an evil ship [that’s giving] the finger to an audience hoping not to see a remake of A New Hope.” Jakku is also deemed a “discount Tatooine,” and the inside of Maz Kanata’s Castle is similarly a “discount Mos Eisley.”
Tons of other plot issues are covered in the video, including the question of why exactly Luke would leave a map of where he is for all to find, and why “artifacts from the original trilogy are more easily found than pop-up ads on a porn site.” This is in specific reference to Luke’s lightsaber, which fell down through Cloud City into oblivion in The Empire Strikes Back, but was somehow found and brought to Maz’s joint.
A surprising amount of sins were retracted throughout the review for various reasons, however, including for Kylo Ren’s stopping a blaster shot in mid air—something that had never been done in a Star Wars movie before—and several moments where Rey did some generally badass things.
All sins and redemptions aside, however, the video does touch upon one of the most important problems with The Force Awakens and Star Wars movies in general, and that is: why is there always a super tenuous bridge suspended over a seemingly bottomless chasm inside of some kind of superstructure? People in the Star Wars universe may be able to build ships the size of moons that can blow up planets, but those same ships would never pass an OSHA inspection…
And so, even with 134 total sins, no plot error was allowed to pull a Rey in a torture chamber and escape unnoticed. (And yes, we know her escape was eventually noticed.)
What do you think about CinemaSins’ issues with The Force Awakens? Do you agree with their notes, or are they like Stormtroopers in target practice, all way off the mark? Let us know in the comments below!
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