So Oscar Isaacs Poe Dameron was a bit of a naughty boy in Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi. After Leia Kal-El went into a Kryptonian coma, Poe just couldn’t seem to follow the orders of Laura Dern’s Admiral Holdo, or as I call her, Admiral Hold my beer. So, some fans have argued that Poe was at fault for the Resistance almost being wiped out due to his insubordination. However, one could also argue that if Poe had not done this, the movie would have had to entirely cut out Canto Bight and spent more time with other characters…I’ll just leave that hanging there for a moment suggestively.
Some Star Wars fans of The Legal Geeks podcast held a mock trial for Poe Dameron at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, though unfortunately, Oscar Isaac could not be present for the determination of his character’s fate. However, Isaac did tell Yahoo Entertainment what he thought of the mock trial.
“I love that, It’s incredible, because you have people actually engaging with the ethical question of war and what leadership is. The last thing you want is for people to watch a movie and be like, ‘Great,’ and then move on. With The Last Jedi, the conversation continues and can stir real emotions. You’re having a conversation about actual things that matter, you know?”
The conversation does continue Mr. Isaac, though I’m pretty sure it still revolves around the severe backlash the movie received from a portion of Star Wars fans (myself included). Perhaps the most pressing reason for the conversation still being alive and well if the fact that fans didn’t all agree it was good or awful, there was a defined split in the fan base over Rian Johnson’s movie.
We here at LRM Tower ( I made that up, we don’t have a tower, we should have a tower Jammer!), still end up in debates about this movie from time to time whilst chatting with one another. In fact, it’s possible Rian Johnson created one of the most talked about movies in history at this point.
Isaac didn’t respond directly to any of the fan backlash in the movie, but he did briefly address fans who did not like the story in this interview, and the current campaign out there trying to gather enough money to remake the movie (daftest thing ever).
“What I think is really special about the whole thing — particularly for people that really didn’t agree with where the story went — is that it’s often a great inspiration to do your own stuff. Obviously, making your own Star Wars movie is a bit of a tough challenge, but at least from a narrative standpoint maybe you make your own thing and then show what you would want. Make what you would want to see.”
Ok, so perhaps Isaac doesn’t really think the fans tears taste delicious, but he does think that maybe some good will come out of the backlash as it will encourage fans to write their own stories. Let’s just hope those stories are not centered around the further adventures of Luke, Han, Leia or Snoke. Carries Fisher’s tragic passing aside the other three have been killed off on screen already. It’s ok though folks, after all the new Star Wars tagline is “let the past die, kill it if you have to”. Just don’t try to kill Poe Dameron, his plot armor is made of an Adamantium/Vibranium alloy and sealed with the tears of fans.
All joking aside, I really like Oscar Isaac as an actor and I just hope JJ Abrams gives him something more to do in Star Wars: Episode 9, so far he feels underused to me in this sequel trilogy.
What do you think of the trial against Poe Dameron? What about Isaac’s suggestion that The Last Jedi could be a muse for aspiring writers? Unfurl your thought pathways onto the comments section below.
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SOURCE: Yahoo Entertainment