Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is about two things. It is about a new generation of reluctant or unexpected heroes pulled into a cosmic battle of good and evil, and it is about the futility of engaging in that battle. In creating new heroes, director/co-writer J.J. Abrams and the greater Disney machine do a good job. Our two main heroes include a young woman whose origin vaguely echoes Luke Skywalker’s, but who has more grit than any of our original heroes. And then they humanize a stormtrooper and give us the potential for a fascinating story about identity and the creation of the self. (That these heroes are a woman and a black man,...