After watching The Force Awakens, I couldn't help but think it's a total remake of A New Hope given the amount of similar subplots.
I've listed entire subplots of both movies that are identical in story (but not in realisation). Are there others? Which ones?
An important message is given to a droid and the droid is sent on its own on a sand-planet to protect that message. The message is about something very important for both main factions of the galaxy and has to be delivered to the group later joined by the protagonist. The antagonist sends his troops after that droid.
The protagonist is a 20-something year old living on a sand planet who rescues/retrieves that droid from scavengers. They find a rebel guy and get off the sand-planet with him (on the Falcon Millenium) after the situation has become unsustainable.
In terms of objects, the protagonist acquires the lightsaber of the previous trilogy's protagonist and happens to be really good with spaceships.
The antagonist answers to a bigger, shady villain. He has for home a planet-wide weapon made to destroy planets and is a real big deal there.
The protagonist's group finishes its plan to destroy the planet-wide weapon and sends a X-Wings there to destroy its weak point.
The antagonist kills his previous "figure of authority", furthermore in a situation that was provoked by that previous "figure of authority".
The planet-wide weapon is destroyed just seconds before it can fire again, thanks to the protagonist's friends' best pilot.
Please respect the following:
- limit yourself to entire character-focused situations or subplots;
- make the description easily identifiable;
- do not include specific or anecdotal scenes, cameos or nods.