The latest Star Wars movie, The Rise of Skywalker, received negative reviews from movie critics and Twitter fans alike. At a Q&A hosted by Vanity Fair, J.J. Abrams responded directly to some of the critics (video below), saying he knew that “pleasing everyone” would be impossible.
When asked if overzealous criticism stems from a problem with fandom, Abrams responded,“I'd say they're right. The people who love it more than anything are also right.” Abrams went on to defend his work, by touching on the notion that social media has amplified fans’ voices and that due to Star Wars’ magnitude, everyone tends to have a strong opinion or stance. "We live in a moment where everything immediately seems to default to outrage,” he said. “There’s a kind of M.O. of either it’s exactly how I see it, or you’re my enemy."
Abrams also responded to whether he had to course correct some of Rian Johnson’s decisions in The Last Jedi. Check out his response below.
The Rise of Skywalker is currently the lowest-rated Star Wars movie ever, having received a 57 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes. Despite the criticism, however, the movie cashed in over $170 million last weekend.