Director J.J Abrams reflects on the recent Star Wars trilogy and it seems that he suggests that the movies should have been planned better.
Look, I’m a big Star Wars fan and I’m over the moon that my young son is starting to share the same passion. Yet, despite my love for the franchise, even I can acknowledge that the recent trilogy of movies is far from perfect.
Heck, after recently re-watching Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, even my son who recently turned 10 years old has started questioning some of the story beats and motives of the movie. We’ll no doubt watch Rise of the Skywalker this weekend, and I’m expecting a big can of worms to be opened with that one.
I admit that I like Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, directed by J.J Abrams. However due to possible time restraints, the follow-up “The Last Jedi” was directed by Rhian Johnson.
I won’t give anything away, just in case you haven’t watched the movies yet, but there were certain moments in The Last Jedi that broke up story beats set by The Force Awakens.
So, when J.J Abrams returned to direct Rise of the Skywalker, he not only had to live up to the high expectations of the franchise, he also had the grueling tasks of fixing certain scenes from The Last Jedi. As a result, Rise of the Skywalker certainly wasn’t great, at least in my opinion.
In an interview with Collider, J.J Abrams reflected on the recent trilogy, particularly the importance of having a plan going forward.
When on the topic of the importance of planning for a movie, Abrams said:
“I feel like what I’ve learned as a lesson a few times now, and it’s something that especially in this pandemic year working with writers [has become clear], the lesson is that you have to plan things as best you can, and you always need to be able to respond to the unexpected.
“And the unexpected can come in all sorts of forms, and I do think that there’s nothing more important than knowing where you’re going.”
Abrams added that he’s “learned the hard way” of the importance of having a plan. “You just never really know, but having a plan I have learned – in some cases the hard way – is the most critical thing, because otherwise you don’t know what you’re setting up.
“You don’t know what to emphasize. Because if you don’t know the inevitable of the story, you’re just as good as your last sequence or effect or joke or whatever, but you want to be leading to something inevitable.”
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