Star Wars: The Force Awakens will go down as one of the most eagerly anticipated films of all time. In this respect it may only be bested by 1999’s The Phantom Menace, a movie that turned out to be such a colossal misstep that it set the franchise back greatly, leaving fans scratching their heads at the labyrinthine narrative, bizarre dialogue and one-dimensional characters.
That film — and the sequels that followed — showed many of the things that don’t work in a Star Wars movie. They were generally panned by critics, with audiences lamenting as well. Add to it George Lucas’s tendency to rerelease the original trilogy with newer, often jarring special effects, and you are left with many fans feeling vexed and despondent.