We live in an interesting age. Now, more than ever before, fanboys and fangirls are turning into storytellers. These are folks who grew up watching the same amazing content as us, and had their lives shaped in a very similar way. Just look at someone like Zack Snyder. Love or hate his films, there is no denying the passion he has for comics and the characters in them. He’s someone who grew up loving something, and has since gone on to make a living bringing them to life for a whole new generation.
Of course, this extends beyond comic books and comic book movies, and into other genres like Star Wars. I don’t care who you are, but there’s no escaping the cultural impact of the franchise, namely the films, and if you grew up a film lover, their impact on you was all the more affecting. This goes for many of the filmmakers working on the series now. It was the case for J.J. Abrams, and it is the case for upcoming Star Wars Episode 9 director Colin Trevorrow.
While this is a great honor (and a lot of pressure) for the helmer, it is a bit of a double-edged sword. Speaking on the Empire Podcast, Trevorrow expressed that sentiment.
“Unfortunately, [Star Wars: The Last Jedi director] Rian’s [Johnson] film is the first one I won’t be able to watch as an audience member. I got that privilege with The Force Awakens. I just got to go see it with a Star Wars fan. I got to sit next to my kid and just giggle as we read the crawl because we were so excited. Rogue One was the same way. I didn’t see it in advance. That time is over now. Star Wars is no longer that experience for me. If there’s anything kind of sad about it, it’s that I don’t get to have that.”
I know, “boo-hoo,” right? It’s hard to feel sorry for a guy who will literally have the power to help shape generations to come, but he does have a point. At the end of the day, experiencing a film from the outside is a whole lot more magical than seeing it from the inside, once you’ve been involved. You see how the sausage is made, and it affects your enjoyment of it. It’s not unlike how holidays become ruined the instant you have a retail job.
That’s the double-edged sword of getting into anything creative. Suddenly, you’re no longer experiencing it as merely a consumer, but picking it apart as a creative person. That’s not to say it’s worse, it’s just different. So while the “downside” is ultimately not a HUGE deal, we can see where he’s coming from.