The Rise of Skywalker made its debut a month ago and it's no secret that the film has been divisive among Star Wars fans and critics. While there have been mixed reactions with regards to the ending of the movie, it looks like director J.J. Abrams is well aware of the criticisms.
Abrams made an appearance at the 2020 Upfront Summit (via Variety) where he was asked about his approach to storytelling and making additions to the iconic franchise. The director revealed that, as with every project, he aims to "do the best" he can "with everything" he has.
"The truth is that these are things that are meant to entertain people, to make them feel something and hopefully make them feel good," Abrams added. The director also mentioned that his involvement with the franchise has truly been a "blessing."
"Obviously, it doesn't always work," he continued. Abrams admits that it's "hard" when something doesn't work out, and that they have to "understand," "acknowledge," and "examine" the reason as to why something isn't going the way it's supposed to.
In a previous interview just a few days after Episode IX was released, Abrams also addressed the matter. The director says the critics as well as the "people who love it more than anything" are "right." He revealed that they knew from starting the project that any decision they make would either "please" or "infuriate" someone.
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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is now in theaters.