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Why We Should All Be Grateful For 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

By Emily Cutler | Industry | December 23, 2015 |

By Emily Cutler | Industry | December 23, 2015 |

In case you somehow missed it, there’s a little film called Star Wars making the rounds that’s getting some buzz on the internet. I myself was only able to catch it yesterday, but yes, it’s as good as they’re saying it is. And while it does have a few issues, it’s a solidly built, beautifully executed movie that should make everyone excited for 2016. Why?

Because that’s the year that TFA will overtake Avatar as the highest grossing film of all time. As of yesterday, the movie had made $610 million and is expected to be the first film to make $3 billion. Making a shitton of money doesn’t necessarily mean a movie is good, and plenty of really great movies make almost nothing. But it was a societal embarrassment that movie we’d all decided to throw our collective money behind was Avatar. Because with all due respect to my good friend Steven, Avatar is a garbage movie.

Like a surprisingly bad movie. The plot is flimsy and predictable. The characters are one- dimensional bordering on caricatures of themselves. And if there is worse dialogue than the crap that Cameron actually convinced his actors to say, I wouldn’t be able to stomach it. Cameron somehow tricked us into believing Titanic was a good movie, and then turned around ten years later and did it to us again.

But all of that is behind us now. Now the whole world can shake off that horrible movie, and pretend we didn’t all see it in the theater. We don’t have to be ashamed when we think of the biggest box office draw. From now on, when you see your fellow moviegoer, you can be proud of our collective decision. Way to go, everybody. We did good.

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