Star Wars Episode IX is what happens when an artist gives his voice to the pre-approved speeches of a corporation, which, trying not to offend any viewer (“consumer” would be a more appropriate word), insists on a story created by committee and which seeks to say only what your customers want to hear, watch now the movie and find out for yourself In this sense, J.J. Abrams is the dream of every executive, a safe bet, since he is a director more interested in recreating than conceiving something of his own. Competent from a technical point of view (which ultimately sets him apart from a Chris Columbus), the filmmaker is always more comfortable when emulating styles set by others (such as Super 8 and Cloverfield) or continuing established narratives. (Mission: Impossible 3, Star Trek, The Force Awakens) - and, no wonder, the best you can imagine at a key moment in The Skywalker Ascension is practically a visual quote from The Hunters of the Lost Ark.
His willingness to repaint designs by the most imaginative artists is, of course, ideal for reboots - and, as efficient as Force Awakening (and we like the movie very much), it is undisputed that it is more of a remake than a continued as all the beats of history, archetypes and stylistic elements came straight from A New Hope. Comparing his work to that of a truly inventive artist like Rian Johnson, who has his own voice and sought to use it in The Last Jedi to uncover new angles in a retold story a thousand times, is a revealing exercise in analysis - and there is not, at all Abrams' filmography, a passage that matches that of the battle in Snoke's red throne room, or a plan like that in which Rey's hand suddenly comes up to hold the lightsaber flying toward the camera. On the other hand, as much as it was a critical and box office hit, Episode VIII displeased a portion of the Star Wars fandom - either for its thematic ambition and social-political subtext or for “not really Star Wars. " In other words: fans who just wanted a fresh dose of the usual recipe.
It is appropriate therefore that the opening words of Star Wars Episode IX opening sign are “The Dead Speak!”, As, amidst its corporate panic, franchise owner Disney basically decided to ignore the biggest part of Johnson's brilliant contributions and betting on what he considered safe, to the point of reviving the saga's most powerful villain (not spoiler; it's in the trailer), Senator Palpatine (McDiarmid) - even if this means, in retrospect, diminishing the effect of the sacrifice made by Anakin Skywalker / Darth Vader at the end of Return of the Jedi. Similarly, as "fans" disapproved of young Rose Tico, who paired with Finn (Boyega) in the last chapter, here Abrams and her bosses reward the toxicity and abuse that forced actress Kelly Marie Tran to abandon social networks. and quickly demean her to a near figuration through a poorly worded excuse ("I can't go with you; General Leia wants me to ..." blah blah blah) - which, considering the proximity of the two characters to end of The Force Awakens, represents a gigantic stumble from a narrative point of view.
Say what you like about George Lucas and his prequels - at least the director had enough personality to ignore the fandom and make the movies he wanted, even if they revolved around trade route taxation. And it is a huge disappointment that, having the opportunity to end the third of three trilogies, J.J. Abrams and the Disney executives have chosen the commercially safer, and not coincidentally, artistically less challenging path, but see for yourself, watch online this movie and get your own conclusions.