J.J. Abrams sat down with Germain Lussier from iO9 and spoke about the difficult decisions made when crafted The Force Awakens.
The more I read about J.J. Abrams on this film the more convinced I am that he was the right choice for the director's gig for what is already one of the most eagerly awaited films in history and what will ultimately prove to be one of the most successful.
At the risk of appearing like a prequel hater, I am forced to hold up both Star Wars troligies and consider what the disparity is. I'm not sure I've ever heard anyone make an interjection argument as to why the original movies work and the prequels are so disliked, until now. I think J.J. Abrams may have nailed it, although unintentionally. Here's what J.J. Abrams had in mind at the start of production:
I'm pretty sure J.J. Abrams cracked the code here. The original movies were very evocative, emotive films. It's been said before, and bears repeating; those movies work without dialogue, can the same ve said for the prequels? In fact J.J. Abrams points out some advice offered by Star Wars veteran, writer Lawrence Kasdan.
This is key to my mind. Make a film, and if the audience have to use their imagination to fill in some gaps then fine. That's what the best horror movies do right? Don't we say, "what you don't see is scarier" because we make up the detail. Let's use the Jaws analogy. What George did with Star Wars was what Steven Speilberg did with Jaws. Steven was forced to leave the shark unseen for most of the movie, which I'd argue made a better film because we provided the special effect of he shark with our imagination. What George did with the prequels was like having a shark in every scene of Jaws. We weren't allowed to imagine anything, we were slow walked through every second of expositional dialogue about trade routes, every Jedi council and senate meeting. In Star Wars the dissolution of the Emperial Senate was a throw away line. If that was in the prequels, Geirge would have burned 20 minutes on it.
At the end there, George didn't trust his audience. He made a film for children and treated his audience in that way. If Lawrence Kasdan is right, and you trust your audience to make creative and even expositional leaps with you, then The Force Awakens might just prove to be the best Star Wars film since Star Wars Episode V The Empire Strikes Back...
May I suggest heading over and reading the full iO9 piece at the source link below.
Thank you for reading,