Standing Up For The Force Awakens – Apparently Clickbait Has Become The New Film Criticism

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This week, film website Flickering Myth published an article by Anghus Houvouras entitled “Can We All Just Admit Star Wars: The Force Awakens Was Kinda Terrible?” and, reading it several times, can we all just admit that that article was all kinds of terrible? It’s the kind of clickbait headline sensationalism designed to grab views and provide a “heated” discussion about the flaws and successes of JJ Abrams reboot of the Star Wars universe post-Lucas. In it, Mr Houvouras claims Awakens to be a “passionless, unoriginal mess” and while I’m usually loathe to dissect another person’s views about a cultural behemoth such as Star Wars, the article angered me so much due largely to faulty, facetious reasoning, in what appears at first blush to be some kind of against the grain hatred of anything that succeeds.

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Rogue One: Mission Abort?

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This article is written as a sidebar to, and companion piece for, Max Covill’s excellent treatise on the new Star Wars film, Rogue One, set to debut in cinemas this December. In his article, which you can read over on FilmSchoolRejects,  Max breaks down the possible troubles the film may have finding an audience, not the least of which is audience unfamiliarity with the core characters (this isn’t a Skywalker film, and is set between Revenge Of The Sith and A New Hope, when the few remaining Jedi were all in hiding), as well as director Gareth Edwards’ potentially problematic directorial style with one of Disney’s highest profile IP’s.

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