I think most readers of this site will know, I am not a big fans of the Star Wars sequel movies thus far. There are, of course, many like me, not feeling this new story or the new characters, and there are just as many who have totally bought into the new story and the characters. That’s old ground and probably an argument that will still be taking place decades from now amongst the fan base.
Recently, a fan of Star Wars who hasn’t enjoyed either The Force Awakens or The Last Jedi contacted Jon Boyega on social media. The fan commented that whilst he hasn’t been a fan, he really enjoyed the character of Finn in The Force Awakens and was disappointed in where they took him in The Last Jedi. Boyega then came back with this response.
“I hear you! Give it a shot ep 9! I was really adamant on more Finn involvement. Hopefully you like it!”
This was immediately followed by some fans rejecting the statements of the original poster, and saying how wonderful Finn’s arc was in The Last Jedi, i.e. the same old debate between those that like it and those that don’t. Check out the Twitter post from Boyega and the surrounding comments below
I hear you! Give it a shot ep 9! I was really adamant on more Finn involvement. Hopefully you like it!
— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) November 13, 2019
Since I know how some fans of The Last Jedi feel about Finn’s arc, I can give you that point of view whilst not completely agreeing with it myself. As Jammer would say, The Force Awakens was about Finn running from the First Order and his arc was that he learned to care about Rey as well as just himself, whereas his arc in The Last Jedi, was that he began to care about the cause itself of the Resistance, and was willing to fight rather than try to just save himself and Rey.
It’s not that I disagree with this view as such, I can actually see the logic myself. However, I just don’t like the way it was told, my least favorite narrative in The Last Jedi was that of Finn and Rose. Even some of those who love the movie can agree that Canto Bight seemed like a misstep, others however, would say it was absolutely necessary for the emotional beats of the movie.
I do wonder what Boyega himself thinks, the way he words this is almost as if he is agreement with the person he is replying to, but I think you could choose to read it that way, or you could choose to read it diplomatically and how Boyega is simply trying to convince the person that this movie may work better for him. Someone who doesn’t like The Last Jedi could read this and say “Boyega didn’t like Finn in The Last Jedi either,” but you can twist many things to your own bias if you think hard enough about it, I won’t do so here.
Ultimately, I felt like Rey and Kylo Ren were developed well in The Last Jedi, whereas I felt like Finn and Poe needed to be together more in this movie. Poe simply hasn’t spent any time across two movies so far with either Finn or Rey, highlighted by the fact that Poe introduces himself to Rey at the end of The Last Jedi, which really stands out to me that he does not really have a relationship with either of the other two leads yet. I shall have to remember to mention this negative (for me) to Jammer and Kyle when we record our The Last Jedi edition of The Last Call Podcast soon, it should be published on November 21st, so check that out and listen to me and Jammer inevitably going at it, while Kyle Malone tries to play moderator.
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Ultimately I think Poe and Finn, off doing something together and building a friendship would have worked much better for me in The Last Jedi, but realistically it’s one of many issues I had with that movie. I do hope the characters are more enjoyable to me in The Rise of Skywalker, but I do have the feeling (that many fans do), where I simply don’t care about what happens to them in the same way I cared about Leia, Han, and Luke from the OT. I guess will find out on December 19th when I see the movie with my son.
What do you think of all this, and what do you think of Boyega’s response? Let’s have the same old debates in the same old place, you know where it is below.
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SOURCE: John Boyega (via Twitter)