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J.J. Abrams says he has “never been great at endings” as he brings the Disney Star Wars trilogy to a close

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is almost here and it will be bringing to a close a series spanning nine films. J.J. Abrams started the latest trilogy with The Force Awakens, Rian Johnson then wiped most of that out with The Last Jedi and then Abrams came back to finish things off.

My thoughts on The Last Jedi can be found here so no need for me to go on about how disappointed I was with that film. It also left me wondering just where things would go from there. That handful of Rebels on the Millennium Falcon all laughing and smiling despite everyone else they knew being wiped out during the slow Battlestar Galactica space chase and the final showdown on the Ice Salt Planet of wherever seemed like the ending of the story and a set up for a new trilogy. I could see they were going for an Empire Strikes Back ending, but it didn’t work for me.

For those of you who have followed Abrams career, you will now that he is great with setting up intriguing mysteries, but they often fall flat when it comes to the ending. He also occasionally seems to think that if you just keep adding more stuff on screen then that means it must be better than what has gone before.

It seems that Abrams himself knows he is not that good with endings as he told The NY Times that very thing

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.

Sticking this landing is one of the harder jobs that I could have taken, but that was why it felt worthy of saying yes.

Endings are the thing that scare me the most. This is about bringing this thing to a close in a way that is emotional and meaningful and also satisfying in terms of actually answering as many questions as possible… So if years from now, someone’s watching these movies, all nine of them, they’re watching a story that is as cohesive as possible.

I honestly have no idea what has been going on behind the scenes. There have been many rumours with regards reshoots and endings.

I have no idea whether Abrams will finally have figured out to tell a decent ending until I see the film. It just seems a bit of a gamble to have someone with that track record be the one to bring the Saga to a close.

Are you looking forward to seeing The Rise of Skywalker? Do you think Abrams will stick the landing or will we be getting another Holiday Special?

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