In a surprising series of events, Star Wars: The Rise of the Skywalker is as polarizing as Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Director J.J. Abrams’ end to the Skywalker show divides fans and critics. The worst review in the series, which has made more than $ 500 million at the global box-office, raises a variety of criticisms and discussions.
To believe him, Abrams believes that the strongest critics are just as good as the most passionate followers.
J.J. Abrams does not exclude the critics
When a movie gratifies the fans and makes a ton of money despite the movie stars, the director will often say “I did for the fans”, ignoring the valid criticism of people who were not just movie fans.
Abrams didn’t take this easy route, and the director of The Force Awakens, on the contrary, takes the criticism with a good stand. During a Q&A on Skywalker’s rise, Abrams discussed mixed reviews and reactions to The Rise of Skywalker (via The Wrap):
“I would say they’re right. People who love him more than anything are also right. We knew we came – just seven hours ago, in other countries, ‘So how are you going to thank everybody?’ ? “Not to say that this is what everyone is trying to do, but how could anyone do it? Especially with Star Wars.”
It is true that Abrams enjoyed the audience more with The Force Awakens, but the endings are harder to pull off in that regard. In the past, Abrams himself has admitted that endings are not his power as a narrator, and unfortunately, he points to The Last Jedi.
Chill With the Outrage
Much of Star Wars fanbase has expressed anger over the latest franchise entries, especially with The Last Jedi. The cast of the new series have even faced harassment from their followers, prompting Daisy Ridley and Kelly Marie Tran to quit social media. They aren’t the best fans of the galaxy, that’s for sure.
Abrams wants the outburst to calm down and allow for more sophisticated discussions about what Star Wars movies are, not what fans wanted them to be:
“We live in a time where everything seems to go bankrupt right away, and there is a kind of MO out of it either just as I see it or you are my enemy. But it is a crazy thing that there is such a rule that seems to lack color and compassion – this is not Star Wars, this is everything – and acceptance.It’s a crazy time, so we were clear to begin with, any decision we made – a design decision, a music decision, a narrative decision – would please anyone and would tame some GlcN else. “
The Rise of the Skywalker has faced almost every criticism under the sun. Not only were the reviews revisions, but the sequel won the worst cinemascore in the entire franchise with a B +. All the previous ones continued with an A-.
There is love in the world for film, based on box-office and some passionate excitement, but it is far from a beloved sequel. Critics and fans were surprised by Emperor Palpatine’s inexplicable comeback, the extensive exposition, the lack of close moments between the main characters, all the new powers of force and the odd rewrite of actions and characters by The Last Jedi. (Kylo Ren’s ridiculous mask was destroyed for some reason).
As Abrams said, it cannot please everyone. In his mind, he made risky choices, but to many fans, he played safe and did not take enough of the risks that the franchise has defined from the beginning. To be fair, the director had so much history to tell with his last entry on the Skywalker show. There were many, many characters and stories to pay for, but it was too much for a movie in the end.
Not every character or story got their due on The Rise of Skywalker.