Why Star Wars: The Force Awakens is so much like A New Hope

Ezra Klein writing at Vox.com:

As Todd VanDerWerff writes, "By far the most consistent criticism of Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been that it's a baldfaced rip-off of the original Star Wars."

He's right. This is definitely the most consistent criticism of the movie. But it's completely backward. J.J. Abrams's baldfaced rip-off of the original Star Wars is, by far, the most innovative thing about The Force Awakens. What he's done is found a way to take the most important innovation of comic books — the one that has led to their total dominance of contemporary cinema — and apply it to the Star Wars franchise.