23 Dec 2019 3:40 PM +00:00 UTC

Star Wars Director J.J. Abrams on Why The Rise of Skywalker had Unanswered Questions

Star Wars fans might have been hoping for some conclusive answers in the third and final film in Disney's Star Wars sequel trilogy, but instead of tying all the loose ends left by the franchise, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker seemed to add even more questions to the sequels.

Speaking in an interview with Popcorn with Peter Travers, Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams tries to explain why his second Star Wars movie, The Rise of Skywalker, didn't answer all of the questions left behind by the sequel trilogy.

According to the filmmaker, he wanted to give Episode IX a more "conclusive" feeling about it, however, Abrams also believes that a story is capable of succeeding by itself without really "demystifying everything."


Reminding fans of the notorious prequel trilogy, Abrams explains that he wanted to avoid overly thorough explanations like the midi-chlorians that were introduced in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.

"We knew going in that we had to make this feel conclusive. It had to come to an end," Abrams said during his interview with the entertainment news outlet, "And yet, there are certain things that I feel… here's the way I feel about Star Wars. It's the reason that I loved the original trilogy so much — and the reason I loved the original trilogy more than the prequel trilogy, for me — which was that the original trilogy posed great questions, and allowed you to infer the answer. It allowed you to do the math on your own."

Abrams tried his best to deliver a proper culmination of the Skywalker saga. However, critics don't seem too convinced by the director's efforts – The Rise of Skywalker suffers from mixed to mostly negative reviews. Right now, the film sits at a 58% rotten score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Of course, critics' response to films don't necessarily represent what fans feel towards The Rise of Skywalker, and while there are those who feel like the film was biting off a bit too much than it could chew, there are others who've been blown away by Episode IX.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker premieres December 20, 2019.

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