Why Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens reminds me of another Disney sequel (warning: spoilers galore)

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By now you’ve probably heard (if you haven’t witnessed it for yourself) that the new Star Wars movie is basically a start-to-finish recycling of all the main story beats from the original 1977 film. You may have also heard some people compare the new film to Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which marked the last time Harrison Ford reprised one of his iconic characters after a long hiatus.

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Some of the many sci-fi films that Oblivion borrows from.

It’s difficult to review a movie like Oblivion. The film is such a wide-ranging pastiche of existing science-fiction movies that you spend most of your time thinking not about what’s actually in the film, nor about what any of it might “mean”, but of all the other movies that this movie reminds you of.

So, here are the movies that came to my mind during or immediately after my first viewing of Oblivion. Maybe, if I see the film a second time, I will find all the inter-textual references less distracting and will be able to focus on the movie for its own sake. Oh, and be warned: there are lots and lots of spoilers below.

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Farewell to Crescent Beach.

Two of my kids are autistic, so for the past three years we have been taking one or both of them to a special preschool for autistic children in a beautifully scenic neighbourhood called Crescent Beach. Yesterday, however, that era came to an end. One of my kids still has a year of preschool to go, but the preschool itself is moving to a new location… so, after three years of making the half-hour trek there and back three times a week, we said goodbye.

And the reason I mention it here? Because there’s a movie connection, sort of! One of the houses that lines the walkway at Crescent Beach was featured in Tron Legacy (2010), as the house where Flynn tells a bedtime story to his young son Sam.

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