Rian Johnson and JJ Abrams Directing Star Wars

With The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, directors J.J. Abrams and Rian Johnson created two very distinct Star Wars movies; Episode VII was a purposeful return to the classic era, while Episode VIII was essentially a deconstruction of that ideal. This distinction can be felt throughout the movies’ developments, all the way to the pair’s directing style on set.

The differences between Abrams and Johnson’s movies have been debated heavily since The Last Jedi hit, with the criticisms of the former for his alleged plot retread of A New Hope making way for the latter coming under fire for ditching many of the ...

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