Star Wars: The Force Awakens

A review of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Inquiries Into Civilization

Star Wars is a big deal.  Each entry in the series has been a billion dollar industry unto itself.  It has spawned three sequels, three prequels, countless spinoffs, merchandising connections, parodies, and the like so as to successfully insinuate itself into the collective cultural consciousness of America, and thereby the world.  The net effect is so powerful that I strongly suspect that if the apocalypse were to come tomorrow, Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader would continue to live on in the oral histories of the survivors.

This happened in part because Star Wars was one of the first blockbusters.  In 1977, popular culture was still monolithic enough that it was possible for a single movie to lastingly enter the popular consciousness.  In part, it was because Star Wars was carefully calibrated for the moment in which it was made.  The late ’70s were depressing for many deep reasons, and Star Wars came as a refreshing blast of optimism in…

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