Ok, I love Empire Strikes Back! It's my favorite film in the Star Wars saga. I also love Joss Whedon, because he's a freakin' talented writer and director. So the fact that Whedon has a problem with Empire is kind of mind-blowing for me! I'm not sure how to take it. Whedon's big problems with the film is its ending, and he explains why that is in a interview with Entertainment Weekly.
“Empire committed the cardinal sin of not actually ending. Which at the time I was appalled by and I still think it was a terrible idea.”
When pressed further he said,
“Well, it’s not an ending. It’s a Come Back Next Week, or in three years. And that upsets me. I go to movies expecting to have a whole experience. If I want a movie that doesn’t end I’ll go to a French movie. That’s a betrayal of trust to me. A movie has to be complete within itself, it can’t just build off the first one or play variations.”
I thought the ending for Empire was great! I never had an issue with it, and I never thought I would disagree with Whedon on something. He makes a valid point, and I can see why he feels that way, but I don't agree with it. I liked how Empire ended. I am curious, however, to find out how Whedon would have ended the film.What do you think about Whedon's opinion on the ending of Empire?