Disclaimer: This post contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
By this point, a lot of fans seem to be split on Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Some folks (like me) found the film to be a breath of fresh air, especially given how redundant a lot of The Force Awakens was. Some, however, did not like how writer-director Rian Johnson answered a lot of lingering questions, and many were offended by what they deemed to be complete deconstructions of the mythology we knew.
While it seemed like Johnson confidently destroyed a lot of what Star Wars fans perceived to be staples of the franchise, there was one thing Johnson was very nervous to destroy.
In the book The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Johnson spoke about the changes he made to Kylo Ren’s costume, the most notable being the elimination of the helmet. The director admitted he was terrified as he forged ahead:
“That was the big design choice with Kylo: losing the mask. It was a little terrifying because, by the time we were making the movie, the first film had come out and every kid was wearing Kylo Ren masks on Halloween. It was the symbol of the movie on packaging. And I love the helmet. But the whole premise of this film is that you’re getting inside this guy a bit more. More than that, Rey is seeing there’s more to him than she thought. And Adam Driver is one of my favorite actors working today. The notion of getting the mask off of him so we don’t have to deal with it and can look into his eyes seemed really important.”
It was indeed quite the ballsy choice to destroy such an iconic piece of headgear. For everyone who looks at this film with cynicism, pointing to the Disney-fication of the franchise, with creatures like porgs and messages like “anybody can be a Jedi,” the destroying of a mask that could further propel toy sales does seem a bit counterintuitive.
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SOURCE: The Art Of Star Wars: The Last Jedi (via Screen Rant)