This week, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” became the highest-grossing film of all time at the North American box office when it passed $760.5 million. The immense success of this new installment in the Star Wars franchise, especially after the often-maligned prequel films of the early 2000s, has spawned countless takes on the enduring appeal of the series, as well as a fair share of criticism from fans upset that the new film recycles many plot points of the original movie. One of the most thoughtful pieces amidst the hubbub comes from David Ehrlich of Rolling Stone: It’s a movie about the old stories becoming new again just by virtue of being retold; even the more gratuitous fan-service moments — like Han’s eye-roller of a line about the trash compactor —...
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Jan 8th 2016