Do Star Wars directors love Star Wars too much?

JJ Abrams directs a scene with Finn (John Boyega) as a Stormtrooper

Directed by JJ Abrams Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
picture: Lucas Film

One of the biggest transformations in star Wars Date It happened when the fans took control. That’s not how history would formulate it, but after Disney bought the franchise, it was the first time he grew up loving movies. Finally given a chance to make it. While George Lucas was in charge, there were people like J.J. Abrams, ryan johnsonAnd Jon Favreau didn’t get a chance. However, from the sequel trilogy forward, movie fans like them were now driving the galaxy far, far away.

On the surface, this seems like a clear win. It’s better to make something great star Wars movie from star Wars fan? But almost everything that has come out since then has been Incredibly divisive And one of those directors thinks he knows why.

“It’s really easy, [with] star WarsFor really smart people to get lost. And strangely enough, they seem to care a lot,” Tony Gilroy, one of my engineers rogue one The creator of the new series Andor, Tell rolling rock. Some forms of altitude sickness or dizziness occur, and they lose some normal abilities or perceptions in some way. And it was useful, at least in a fraud, being very clinical and saying, “Hey, why would we choose to die?” You really have to care about the people who are going to sacrifice themselves if that’s the raw material, the drive of the story.”

Gilroy is famous said after rogue one He did not enter the franchise with his love. But after this movie found its way, he started to see its potential. Subsequently Andor and then she is star Wars Appear unlike all of the others star Wars Appears around. One does not owe thanks to the Force, the Jedi, the Sith, the lightsabers, or links to previous films or books.

But is Gilroy here? Do filmmakers like Abrams, Johnson, and Favreau really care? They definitely care. This is a clear. The real question, then, is does this passion overshadow their judgments? It’s hard to tell. In the case of Abrams and force awakens, The fact that the structure of the film closely reflects New hope It can be seen as positive or negative. Was he just doing what he knew was working? Or was he just too afraid to mess with the formula? for last seriousJohnson intentionally misspelled the formula, and as we all know, it was It does not receive universal praise. Most people like what Favreau did The MandalorianBringing in Dave Filoni and telling original stories using ancient characters and legends. But Others would say he owes a lot to those characters and the universe shrinks as a result.

The easiest way to find out is to put yourself in the shoes of these filmmakers. Kathleen Kennedy, President of Lucasfilm, has asked you to go ahead and file a star Wars Movie. Do you hit the envelope and try something new? Or do something that you think will be easy and work? He pushes the envelope until what he makes star Wars work? Either way, if you succeed, you can expect glory and eternal adoration. If you fail, it will be quite the opposite. And honestly, they both happen simultaneously because star Wars Fans are completely different. It’s a very unique situation to be envied and utterly terrifying.

On the other hand, Gilroy seems to ignore all of that. with rogue oneand now Andor, he tries to get into the franchise with a pure character and story basis. But as a result, does that mean that his projects are missing some of the intangible magic that he makes star Wars “star Wars?” You won’t have to wait long to find out. Andor Debuting this week and you can read more of his interview on rolling rock.

Andor The first three episodes drop on September 21st on Disney+.


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