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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

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.

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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.

Do you think it was effectively done? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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SOURCE: The Art Of Star Wars: The Last Jedi (via Screen Rant)

  • Harold and Maude’Dib

    A breath of fresh air? Rey goes to train with Luke just like Luke trained with Yoda. She confronts herself in a dark side cave just like Luke. She and Ren do battle in front of Snoke, just like Vader, Luke and Palpatine. Ren turns on Snoke, just like Vader turned on Palpatine. Then the whole last battle is a recreation of Hoth. I understand there will and should be some parallels between films but this idea that Rian Johnson made this wildly unpredictable fresh take is laughable. And then in between all of this was awful storytelling, wooden acting, awful comedy and jokes and huge plot holes.

    • Kindofabigdeal

      But what did you think about the movie?

      • Kronx

        There’s a movie?

    • Brafdorf

      Everything’s been done already.

      People have a problem with Battlestar references for christ sake.

      Rey was always going to train with Luke. Should they have gone back and erased it from Force Awakens?
      Also she didn’t have to confront herself, in fact NOTHING happened and she received no answers. So she leaves. She doesn’t fight herself.
      Vader turned on Palpatine to save his son, it’s completely different. Ren did it to usurp and grab more power.
      The battle of Hoth is ENTIRELY different you slag. Hardly any fight happens outside the falcon/fighter battle.
      Luke force transports himself to face off with walkers and Kylo Ren, sounds like Hoth?

      Do you even Star Wars bro?

  • Cuban9222

    Don’t worry, Abrams will give Kylo a brand new and different mask from before to sell a lot of merchandise!!

  • Astroboy3000

    Remember how rad Kurt Russell was in Stargate?

  • Robbert van Breukelen

    I liked when there was only one “Jar Jar”, in a movie.
    Now, they’re ALL Jar Jar.

  • Behemothrex

    I find it funny that people think this was something new or he took risks, almost the entire movie is call back scenes to Empire and Return. And they he is like, well I have no idea what to do with these characters so they will do nothing! No really I am a visionary!

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.