Most of us have been around long enough to recognize a genius at work. Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and Quentin Tarantino are just some of the names we have learned to love. New ones, like Joss Whedon and Kevin Feige, have also made a name for themselves. But what happened to the ones that didn't get the limelight? The dark side of the industry is that directors who flop are either reviled or go unnoticed. Take J.J. Abrams, for instance. He has had successes, such as the new Star Trek films, and he has agreed to direct Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Unfortunately, this has led to outburst in the movie community.
People have posted on social media and said to others that J.J. is not the right person for the job. one post stated
If J.J. Abrams messes up Star Wars, let him be known as Jar Jar Abrams forever.
The movie industry has become too pass or fail these days. Fans want the directors to do this, that, and the other thing, and when they don't get it, they throw a fit (See my article on community anger for more detail). But what we don't realize is the director was hired SPECIFICALLY to make the movie to their hearts desire, or as close to. J.J. is not the only one on the receiving end of threats and name-calling. Other directors have experienced it, and I would be surprised to find one director who hasn't been on the receiving end of a little verbal abuse at one point or another. But the industry cannot continue to be this way. It is supposed to be a canvas for those whose imaginations run wild, not some contest for us to judge who is better. We as a community need to be more tolerant of directors decisions, and in the end, maybe see a better movie than we thought we would see.