Star Wars: The Force Awakens Vs The Last Jedi - Which Is Better?

13. Direction

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Both J.J. Abrams and Rian Johnson are arguably better directors than they are writers, and the directorial technique on display in both The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi is certified proof of that. In a bid to bring their individual styles to their respective films, these two also manage to keep in line with the established cinematic grammar of previous Star Wars movies.

Abrams shoots for a very classical directional style in Episode VII; we are always able to understand what's happening and there's a clear sense of space, though some could claim his direction is too "workmanlike."

Johnson, on the other hand, offers up a Star Wars film that retains a respect for the look of previous films in the canon, but somehow feels new and artistic and unlike anything that has come before, which many might consider refreshing.

Winner: Rian Johnson's direction is riskier, though he doesn't quite hold it together for the length of the film. Sometimes it's not clear what's happening. Abrams, on the other hand, directs with awe-inspiring Spielbergian strides, maintaining an assured confidence from start to finish. The Force Awakens just wins the round.

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Sam Hill is an ardent cinephile and has been writing about film professionally since 2008. He harbours a particular fondness for western and sci-fi movies.