This post on the new Star Wars film contains spoilers.
I wonder at what point J. J. Abrams first felt The Force Awakens coming together. Through a multi-year-long process that involves intense planning, cooperation, vision, and compromise, it surely is an extremely stressful endeavor. Abrams himself was reluctant to take on the mantle of restoring The Most Beloved Franchise.
That’s what’s in my mind when I think about this new Star Wars. Everything worked, and that’s amazing. Not only as a single film itself; not only with the context of episodes I, II, and III; not only as beholden to the glory of IV, V, and VI; but as something that must capture everyone across gender, race, age, and more, for the newcomers and old fans alike.