– by Kyle Malone

If you haven’t seen my reaction to the trailer for The Rise of Skywalker, you’re missing out. I had an incredibly real and emotional reaction to the title which is completely different than my reaction to the trailer itself. If you want a good laugh at my expense check it out HERE. Of course, everyone is entitled to their opinions and takes on both the title and the trailer, but there are some opinions that we really care about. I know that many of you feel that Rian Johnson is the greatest Star Wars director since George Lucas’s job on Attack of the Clones, but believe it or not there are some people that did not love The Last Jedi. Crazy, right? I mean, there’s nothing less divisive than The Last Jedi and we should all be hanging on the edge of our seat to hear what he has to say about the film that will attempt to match his genius. Well wait no longer:

So, he’s happy with it. That makes me feel so much better about my enjoyment of the trailer. However, I am beginning to wonder if my reservations about the title are unfounded. If Rian Johnson is happy with it, then I most certainly should be too.

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If you’ve stuck with me to this point, and I hope you did, you’ll realize there was a lot of satire in this. However, I am going to be serious from this point forward. Johnson loves what he made with TLJ and that’s not a bad thing. You would hope to love your own creations too. There was no doubt that he would publicly be enthused with whatever was shown, but I do wonder what is going on behind the curtain. Johnson also recently stated he didn’t care if TLJ was retconned, but I have to think that he’ll be a little upset that Disney didn’t hold the line with the choices they made. We also heard from J.J. Abrams that The Rise of Skywalker plans to honor the reveal of Rey’s parents but also that there’s “more to the story.”

If you read The Cantina every week, thanks for reading, then you’ll know that I don’t want to spend an hour and a half of The Rise of Skywalker fixing The Last Jedi. I think there’d be too much going on to tell two movies in one, but there’s been a lot of rumors confirmed by this trailer. Many of those rumors make me believe a lot of Episode VIII will be changed.

What do you think of the reaction from Rian Johnson? What is your take on Rey’s parents and the comments regarding them? Let us know in the comments below!

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Kyle is the Weekend Editor for LRM Online and a business school graduate who loves movies, comics, and video games. He shares his passions with his wife and is raising a next-generation geek.