“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” hits theatres on Friday, and so far reviews have been decidedly mixed.
With a tepid 58 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes, the latest saga in the “Star Wars” saga is being accused of lacking surprises by giving fans too much of what they expect and not enough of what they don’t.
In a not-so-coincidental interview, the director of the new film’s predecessor discusses his view, that pandering to fans will paradoxically result in a movie they don’t like.
“I think approaching any creative process with [making fandoms happy] would be a mistake that would lead to probably the exact opposite result,” said Rian Johnson, who directed “The Last Jedi”, said during the “Swing & Mrs.” podcast on Radio.com.
“Even my experience as a fan, you know, if I’m coming into something, even if it’s something that I think I want, if I see exactly what I think I want on the screen, it’s like, ‘Oh, okay.’ It might make me smile and make me feel neutral about the thing and I won’t really think about it afterwards, but that’s not really going to satisfy me.”
While Johnson’s “The Last Jedi” was criticized for that exact reason, he remains adamant that fan desire should not affect a filmmaker’s vision.
“I want to be shocked, I want to be surprised, I want to be thrown off-guard, I want to have things recontextualized, I want to be challenged as a fan when I sit down in the theatre,” Johnson explained.
“What I’m aiming for every time I sit down in a theatre is to have the experience [I had] with ‘Empire Strikes Back,’ something that’s emotionally resonant and feels like it connects up and makes sense and really gets to the heart of what this thing is and in a way that I never could have seen coming,” he added.
Meanwhile, ET Canada’s Roz Weston weighs in with his review of “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” — watch: