Do they love Star Wars so bad that it’s too bad?

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

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

One of the biggest transformations in star Wars Date It happened when the fans took control. This is not how history will formulate it, But after Disney bought the franchise, This was the first time that people who grew up loved movies Finally given a chance to make it. While George Lucas was in charge, there were people like J.J. Abrams, ryan johnsonAnd the And Jon Favreau didn’t get a chance. However, from the sequel trilogy forward, The directors were fans of the same now directing The galaxy is far, 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. Oddly enough, they seem to care a lotTony Gilroy, one of my engineers rogue one and the New String Creator 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 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 uow unlike all the others star Wars Appears around. No one owes thanks toIt is Force, Jedi, Sith, lightsabers, or links to previous movies or books.

But is Gilroy here? He doesn’t like directors Abrams, johnson oh Favreau care a lot? 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 I’ve done Favreau with The MandalorianBringing in Dave Filoni and telling original stories using ancient characters and legends. The other two would say he owes a lot to those characters and shrinks the universe as a result.

The easiest way to figure this out is to put yourself in these filmmakers’ shoes. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy just told you to go ahead and make a Star Wars movie. Do you push the envelope and try something new? Or do something you think will be easy and work? Is pushing the envelope even what makes Star Wars work? Either way, if you succeed, you can expect eternal glory and adoration. If you fail, it’ll be the exact opposite. And, frankly, both are going to happen simultaneously because Star Wars fans are so wildly different. It’s a very unique situation that’s both enviable and utterly terrifying.

Gilroy, on the other hand, seems to disregard all of that. With Rogue One, and now Andor, he’s trying to come at the franchise with a pure character and story basis. But, as a result, does that mean his projects miss some of that intangible magic that makes Star Wars “Star Wars?” You won’t have to wait long to find out. Andor debuts this week and you can read more of his interview at Rolling Stone.

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

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