One of the earliest lessons we learned from the Star Wars saga – other than don’t date your sister and never trust a Kubaz – was to look at all the angles of a story, from a certain point of view. J.J. Abrams understands that and discussing the reactions to the film with Vanity Fair he delved into that.
“I was asked: ‘How did you go about pleasing everyone?’ I was like, ‘what?’ Not to say that should be what anyone tries to do anyway, but how would one even go about it? Especially with Star Wars.”
“I don’t need to tell anyone here, we live in a moment where everything immediately seems to default to outrage. And there’s a kind of MO of ‘it’s either exactly as I see it or you’re my enemy.’”
“We knew starting this any decision we made – a design decision, a musical decision, a narrative decision – would please someone and infuriate someone else, and they’re all right.”
The Rise of Skywalker is currently the number one film across the planet, so if you’re reading this and you’ve not seen it yet then get busy.