I'm not thrilled by this news. He already had his B- shot at this. Link
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Too bad for star wars fans
I don't know what everyone's expecting - especially after the weak prequels.
JJ doesn't really have bad movies. TFA was good, not great but better than 1,2,3 so as long as he is consistent and it fits with 8, i'm happy.
until I saw Rogue One. FA was fine. It wasn't the prequels...so I was thrilled. But the bar is higher now, imo.
his filming of TFA was top notch and he had to deal with Disney wanting the nostalgia of ANH in the reboot while also telling a new story. Not easy to do at all and some people are bound to be disappointed.
had the benefit of being a standalone movie. If it was part of a trilogy it wouldn't have been made that way. That said I think they will take some of what made RO great and apply it to episode 9.
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| had the benefit of being a standalone movie. If it was part of a trilogy it wouldn't have been made that way. That said I think they will take some of what made RO great and apply it to episode 9.
Let's hope. To me, the thing that made it so successful was that it felt much grittier than the other films. There's no reason they can't do the same with the next two, we just haven't seen it from JJ yet. Hope that's the direction he goes.
the biggest question is will he be allowed to do it. They won't go that dark because they still want to capture kids and with Disney approving everything it blame them more than Abrams. Look at the Mission Impossible series, the darkest, grittiest of all the sequels was the one Abrams did.
I really enjoyed Force Awakens. I'm not one of the fanboys was was creaming himself when he saw it and then decided with everyone else a few months later that it actually sucked because it borrowed so much from Episode IV.
I have zero problems with some of the events replaying themselves. You have the original trilogy where the Force guides the events their conclusion. Then by the beginning of FA, things are nearly back to the way they were. The Force awakens (whoa!) and again is guiding events toward a conclusion. It's not really surprising that things are happening in a similar way. It would actually make sense with the concept of The Last Jedi, where Luke recognizes the way the Force (both the light and the dark) has manipulated events ever since Episode I.
What I expect each time is an original, compelling story consistent with the parameters of the Star Wars universe that I'll want to watch multiple times.
I can watch the last hour of Rogue One 20 times, and it still feels fresh and has that "wow" factor that no Star Wars movie has since Return of the Jedi.
Worse than making a bad film is not trying to make a good one. Mr. Cut and Paste played it safe to cash in. Fuck him.
but what I do appreciate is his incorporation of live sets like the original trilogy rather than all the CGI as in the prequels. I just hope that they don't kill off Luke Skywalker or make him some weak broken old man. I know that they want to focus on the young hero's but I would still like to see Luke play a huge role in defeating Kylo Ren and co.
I thought Force Awakens was fine. And I don't mean that to sound as critical as it probably does. It was a worthy star wars film. But Rogue One, to me, is infinitely more re-watchable. That one wowed me. It felt like star wars...but in a completely new way. That's what I'm hoping JJ can achieve.
that said...my expectations for episode 9 are low already - it's almost impossible for someone to end the series in a satisfying manner...very few third acts of trilogies have been good. Return of the King is the only one I can think of that was a worthy 3rd chapter - despite its departures from the books, it was a good effort IMO
As someone posted above, the stand alone stories offer more freedom for original ideas and new characters within the basic universe