Johnson Had A Hard Time Breaking Out Of Typical Star Wars Story Patterns

Movie franchises all have their own unique structures, things in the films repeat from time to time and many of these intricacies end up become signatures of the series.

The Star Wars franchise is no different. In speaking with Rolling Stone, the director of  Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Rian Johnson went into detail on how he dealt with the patterns of previous Star Wars films.

“It was a real process. There’s a lot of possibilities with how to take it… Even just as a Star Wars fan, you realize there are patterns etched into your brain of how you think it should go.  It’s tough, because you don’t want to let yourself be guided by those deep-set grooves in your brain, but you also don’t want to make creative decisions just to spite those. It’s an interesting line to ride. I felt that I had to be conscious of those patterns and those grooves. Whether I was going to subvert them or play along with them. You could say, ‘I’m going to just ignore them and tell my story,’ but then you’re fooling yourself and you’re probably just going along the same path. I had to be conscious of them and even incorporate them. This can’t drive it, but you have to incorporate them, almost in a meta way, into the narrative itself.”

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From Johnson’s words and early social media reactions to the film, it appears we are in for a Star Wars film the likes of which we have never seen, and I am okay with that, but please Disney be careful with how you treat Luke. Having said that, with Disney offering Johnson heavy control over the next trilogy, they must have been very pleased with his work The Last Jedi and that gives me a lot of confidence for the film.

Even though it’s still a couple days away, I really can’t think about anything but Star Wars: The Last Jedi. After waiting so long, the hype, the fact that Disney keeps going back on forth on who will choose what side, I’m not sure how much more I can take.

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Source: Rolling Stone

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