New ‘Star Wars’ villains not evil enough, says Vatican movie critic

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December 21, 2015

Adam Driver, who plays villain Kylo Ren, stars in a scene from the movie "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."  In a recent movie review, the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano says Star Wars villains are not evil enough. (CNS photo/Disney) See VATICAN-STAR-WARS Dec. 21, 2015.

Adam Driver, who plays villain Kylo Ren, stars in a scene from the movie “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” In a recent movie review, the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano says Star Wars villains are not evil enough. (CNS photo/Disney)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” broke box office records and restored a new hope in the franchise to the delight of fans worldwide with a few exceptions, including the Vatican’s newspaper.

Emilio Ranzato, author and frequent movie critic for L’Osservatore Romano, wrote Dec. 18 that the first installment of the sequel trilogy was “confusing and vague,” but he reserved his harshest criticism for the film’s new villains.

In “The Force Awakens,” Ranzato wrote, “the counterpart of Darth Vader, Kylo Ren, wears a mask merely to emulate his predecessor, while the character who needs to substitute Emperor Palpatine as the incarnation of supreme evil represents the most serious defect of the film.”

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