TV & FILM
bill-swift - December 19, 2015
Right now JJ Abrams is riding high on a wave of critical and fan praise for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But his last movie did not receive such a reaction. In fact, Star Trek Into Darkness is widely considered to be a failure of a movie. It just wasn't very good. The whole "Benedict Cumberbatch isn't Khan" thing was a lame lie and in general the film was boring and a rehash of the far superior Wrath of Khan. But, to JJ Abram's credit he acknowledges it and admits that he messed up. He says in an interview with Buzzfeed,
"Any movie, any story has a fundamental conversation happening during it. There's a fundamental argument; there's a central question. And I didn't have it...I felt like, in a weird way, it was a little bit of a collection of scenes that were written by my friends - brilliantly talented writers - who I somehow misled in trying to do certain things. And yet, I found myself frustrated by my choices, and unable to hang my hat on an undeniable thread of the main story. So then I found myself on that movie basically tap-dancing as well as I could to try and make the sequences as entertaining as possible."
It takes a lot of balls to admit that you effed up a multi-million dollar movie and a franchise beloved by billions. Well, at least his career is safe after Force Awakens. If he had tanked that one too he would have been in serious trouble.
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