“A New Awakening” – Star Wars Episode IV and VII Shot Comparison



Star Wars The Force Awakens to some degrees mirrors not just the original film (A New Hope in the grand scheme of the saga) but all films in the original trilogy. Some though took issue with director J.J. Abrams, claiming it’s little more than a retread of the original, right down to the plot.

Abrams was prepared for this nit-picking. “I knew that, whatever we did, there would be a group of people — and I was just hoping and praying that it would be smaller than not — that would take issue with any number of things.”

“I can understand that someone might say, ‘Oh, it’s a complete rip-off!’  What was important for me was introducing brand new characters using relationships that were embracing the history that we know to tell a story that is new — to go backwards to go forwards.”

Vimeo user Zachary Antell has created a short side by side comparison of the two films, similar in vein to the “Star Wars poetry” comparison of the prequels and Original Trilogy by whoispablo. As you can see, a lot of shots, reactions and character interplay echo back deliberately to George Lucas’ original space opera, to reassure, delight, and settle us back in for a trip with friends, old and new, into a larger world once more..


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