It was the most highly anticipated movie of all time. Leading up to the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, director J.J. Abrams and crew were staring down the barrel of a gun cocked and loaded with the fiercest fan discrimination imaginable. It’s no wonder, then, that the movie is drastically misunderstood by fans and critics alike.

In an age where the drama of a film’s production is of equal public interest to the drama in a film itself (sometimes even more so), critical narratives can be quite seductive. They make us feel like we have a firm grasp on cultural ...

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