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Hate it or Love it, Why “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Deserves our Respect

2015 was a great year for movie lovers of all tastes – one of the best years in recent memory for triumphs big and small.

Hollywood’s much-scorned dependence on remakes, reboots and retreads has been (perhaps briefly) redeemed by the triumphant return of two pop-culture titans – Star Wars and Mad Max.

Courage is not usually a quality I’d associate with Hollywood corporate culture.

The enormous financial investment required for the production and release of any movie, particularly a massive franchise like Star Wars, has a tendency to suppress risk. (Hence all those remakes, reboots, and retreads.)

So Disney could certainly be excused (or at least, understood) for handling its new franchise safely and conservatively – perhaps planning any new movies merely as machines for driving the creation of ancillaries – toys, games, theme parks, etc.

But, from the beginning, the powers-that-be demonstrated unexpected audacity for its new crown jewel, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Read more