Disclaimer: This Post Contains Spoilers For Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
By this point, pretty much every aspect of Star Wars: The Last Jedi has been debated heavily. Even here at LRM, we’ve had our fair share of discussion on what we felt worked in the film, what didn’t, and whether or not fandom was right or wrong about how certain events unfolded.
One aspect of the story that many fans are stuck on is Snoke. Snoke was a character who was being sold as the next Emperor Palpatine. However, when all said and done, he was nothing but a stepping stone for the real villain of the trilogy, and as a result, the two years of speculation that followed the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens was rendered null and void.
Speaking for BAFTA, director Rian Johnson once again spoke to his reasoning behind the lack of development in Snoke.
“In this particular story, it’s much more like the original trilogy, where with Snoke if you think about the actual scenes, if suddenly I had paused one of the scenes to give a 30 second monologue about who he was, it would have kind of stopped the scene in its tracks, I realized. Even though it could have been interesting, something that fans were interested in, as storytellers, we have to kind of serve what the scenes need to be. It was a tough thing, even though I knew some fans were interested in it I also knew it wasn’t something that dramatically had a place in this movie. Hopefully it can be addressed elsewhere or even J.J. may address it in the next movie. But it’s not something that’s particularly interesting to Rey, so we kind of had to follow through.”
Indeed, like the original trilogy, The Last Jedi was much more concerned with telling a story than it was with extensively building out and explaining its world. It was also not interested in delving into character development that had no real significance to the overall plot of the story. While this is something I adored as a filmgoer, there were plenty of folks who did not share my opinions on the matter.
What do you think of Johnsons’ comments? Do you think it helped or hindered the film that Snoke got no development? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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