J.J. Abrams says ending are somewhere he struggles and now he is at the helm of a franchise which is asking the director to end the four decade old story, will he succeed?
When the finale of the 'Avengers' was said to be in 2018 and 2019 with two movies said to be calling the curtain on a 22 movie saga, which was started in 2008 with the release of 'Iron-Man.' When the team behind the making of 'Avengers: Infinity War' and 'Endgame' were getting ready to start their work, the head of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige told the writers and directors to “stick the landing.”
They stuck the landing and then some, making the movie as the highest-grossing film of all time while also being critically lauded and audiences giving the movie an overwhelmingly positive reaction. The 'Infinity Saga' is an example for all the studios trying to build a franchise on how to do the setup, climax, and finale of a years-old saga and bring the whole thing to a satisfying conclusion.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is the final movie in the Skywalker Saga. Source: IMDb
But, while Marvel is making history, one of the most lucrative franchises in the history of cinema is receding backward instead of building on the decade-old fandom and goodwill. We are obviously talking about the 'Star Wars' saga and how the sequel trilogy was a hit and a miss.
It is amazing to think how inconsistent the 'Star Wars' saga’s been, 'The Force Awakens' was loved by the fans, but then 'The Last Jedi' was panned by half the fanbase. Now, the nine movie finale is coming to the theatres in about a week’s time, and we are worried about how the whole thing is going to go.
Watch: Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer; movie was directed by J.J. Abrams
The one question on everyone’s mind is, “Will J.J. Abrams be able to stick the landing?” That is a question we would all like to know the answer to. The amazing thing about the director of the movie is, he’s almost never been the person to end a franchise, even when he is the person who started it in the first place.
Take for example the 'Star Trek' continuation/reboot, J.J. Abrams was hired to direct the first movie, and he came back for the second one also, the two films were critically acclaimed and well-liked, respectively. But he was not there when the third movie was made; the director was the person who helmed the third 'Mission Impossible' movie and is still to return to the franchise.
Watch: The trailer for Star Trek; the first two movies were directed by J.J. but he did not return to finish the trilogy
Even on the TV front, the track record of J.J. is sketchy, the director started his career with the show 'Felicity,' and it is probably the only show, he stayed on from start to finish. So, how was the ending of Felicity? It was middling, the show was good to okay at times, and the finale was just okay, which is why we are worried about the finale of the 'Skywalker Saga.'
When asked about the same question of whether he will be able to stick the landing, the director said, “I’ve never been great at endings. I don’t actually think I’m good at anything, but I know how to begin a story. Ending a story is tough.” That is the fear all the fans are feeling, after the middling response of 'The Last Jedi,' everyone wants a definite ending, and the response of J.J. does not help one bit.
Watch: The final trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker coming to cinemas on 20 December 2019
“Sticking this landing is one of the harder jobs that I could have taken. But that was why it felt worthy of saying yes,” the director said. So, there is some hope because J.J. is also a fan of the franchise, and he grew up with the 'Star Wars' saga, so he knows what needs to be done. But will he know to stick the landing? That is a question we’ll get some answers to when the movie hits theatres on 20 December 2019.