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As someone who spent most of their academic career studying and (trying to) critique film, I'm in love with the intertextual nature of cinema. The way one director borrows from another director as an homage to a film they loved growing up is one of the sincerest compliments one filmmaker can give to another if done correctly.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens has this kind of intertextuality in spades. Right after the film came out everyone and their mother (if their mother happened to love Star Wars, that is) talked about the similarities between TFA and A New Hope.
Thanks to Zachary Antell, we can see those moments right in front of us.
But the strange, or more specifically amazing, thing about the way these films are similar is that they both exist within the same universe. Star Wars: A New Hope was essentially a remake of an Akira Kurosawa film called The Hidden Fortress. And if you put those two movies next to each other, I'm sure you'll be able to find some similarities as well.
But the fact that JJ Abrams did this within the Star Wars universe with another Star Wars movie is brilliant. It emphasizes the distance in time between these two movies. It puts A New Hope on top of a cinematic pedestal, that it's one worth borrowing scenes and framing from. It's never over the top in TFA but it's there and even though George Lucas had nothing to do with the making of the film, it's like his hand was guiding it the whole way through.