Thursday, January 24, 2013

The Star Wars Director We Were Looking For?

Hopefully the movies themselves will be less anticlimactic than the saga that has been the belabored reveal (reportedly) of the new Star Wars director.

About the choice of J. J. Abrams, I honestly don't have any strong feelings, which, I suppose, is to say that I'm not exactly inspired by this news. I have actually liked all of the movies he has directed so far. Coming out of viewing Mission: Impossible III and Star Trek, I had almost nothing negative to say about the jobs he did on those . . . because I had almost nothing to say about them, period. Solidly well-made though they were, they lacked that certain je ne sais quoi that could have pushed me, past liking them, to loving them. Nothing about anything Abrams has ever done has left an impression on me of him as an auteur, which, I suppose, is to say that I haven't found any of his films to be especially inspired. He seems like kind of the safe choice. Is that what I want for Star Wars–a director who will get things done, know maybe when to just get out of the way of the momentum of this now seemingly self-propelled juggernaut of a franchise, and deliver a movie that I'll almost assuredly enjoy (but maybe not treasure)?

Well, we'll just have to wait and see what he does. In the meantime, Star Trek into Darkness is presently topping the list of 2013 movies I'm looking forward to seeing. (Well, maybe after The Wolverine . . . . )

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