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Familiar Force a strength

Having a non-white male protagonist, John Boyega as Finn, in Star Wars: The Force Awakens is refreshing.
Having a non-white male protagonist, John Boyega as Finn, in Star Wars: The Force Awakens is refreshing. PHOTO: DISNEY

In John Lui's 31/2-star review of Star Wars : The Force Awakens (Return To The Familiar, Life, Dec 18), he says that the "retreading of archetypes is the weakest point of the story".

At some points, I, too, was afraid that the new film was too similar to Episode 4 in plot. But the familiarity is also the basis of its strengths: the one-line quips, the young protagonists' coming of age, the romance of adventure and the mysterious Force.

There are enough dissimilarities to inject original sparks into the film. These include protagonists who are not white males as well as an angsty villain ridden with self-doubt.


Dr Teoh Ren Shang

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 02, 2016, with the headline 'Board games: Get on board Santa's spirit of giving Char kway teow, 'uncle'? Familiar Force a strength Hair today, gone tomorrow'. Print Edition | Subscribe