Cautiously, yeah. I don’t think J.J. Abrams is a flawless director, but I think his obsession with creating and teasing mystery will be a breath of fresh air after George Lucas and his “everything must be named, explained, and have a detailed pre-existing history.”
But it’s like, you look at his big hits (Cloverfield, Super 8, etc), and I think you can see a lot of bad habits he suffers from. His obsession with teasing a mystery and not really having a satisfying conclusion, for example. And that’s usually because he hypes up a mystery and when we finally get a glimpse of the answer, it’s usually not worth all the excitement. Or, y’know, he just never gives us an answer at all.
I find neither to be particularly fun to experience. When left to his own devices, his endings are usually messy, abrupt, and confusing. I come to a movie for a complete story, not something where I have to go back and sift through clues so I can come to my own personal conclusion. Tell me what happened, dammit. That’s your job as a film maker. Otherwise I’m just going to be empty inside, and spend the rest of my life wondering if I’m wrong about my assumptions. I don’t want movies to leave me feeling empty! That’s what bad movies do!
And it was extra double annoying in Cloverfield because it felt like most of the “clues” came from a stupid ARG, and that’s like, a double sin. Not only do I not want to go back and sift through the clues in your movie to find where you’ve hidden the closure, I absolutely in no way want to go to a website and sift through clues as to where you’ve hidden the closure.
This is one place where I’m hoping there’s a bit of studio meddling and they keep Abrams on track to actually provide a good, clean ending (or as clean as it can be for a franchise expected to have many, many future sequels and spinoffs).