10 Movies That Were Blatant Apologies
8. Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens
While time has actually been rather kind to George Lucas' Prequel Trilogy, with Episodes I-III becoming more and more audibly appreciated by the generation they were designed for in recent times, coming into Disney's Star Wars Sequel Trilogy it was clear all involved wanted to distance themselves from the critically battered last collection of Skywalker Saga properties.
With one of the biggest criticisms of the likes of The Phantom Menace and co. being Lucas' over-reliance on all things CGI, J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm really pushed the fact that The Force Awakens would see the return of more practical effects - just like those Original Trilogy flicks you loved, guys!
Elsewhere, gone was just about any talk of politics. And Abrams even went on record to note how he was considering dumping Jar Jar Binks' skeleton into in the middle of a desert in Episode VII as a way to again cosy up to those who weren't the biggest fans of the bumbling gungan in the Prequels.
In the end, though, The Force Awakens was regularly bashed for feeling like an uninspired remake of A New Hope. And it was evident that Disney were far more concerned with trying to replicate the Original Trilogy magic they felt their audience were angling for rather than attempting to take the franchise in a genuinely fresh new direction like the Prequels did all those years ago.