Star Wars: The Last Jedi saw the Resistance almost wiped out. The First Order after destroying the Republic in The Force Awakens then spent the sequel movie hunting down the last remnants of the small Resistance movement led by General Organa.
This took the good guys almost back full circle to where they begin the early days of the Rebellion, in that time it took the annihilation of Alderaan to spur the masses to start siding with the Rebellion. In The Last Jedi the Resistance found out they had no real friends or allies coming to their aid, until Luke Skywalker showed up.
I guess director Rian Johnson wanted to get back to that situation where the good guys were the small fish fighting against the mighty Imperial overlords. I get it, it a huge part of what gave Star Wars it’s charm in the first place.
Oscar Isaac who plays Poe Dameron, the hotshot fighter pilot learning to be a leader, spoke to USA Today about some of the real-life inspirations for the Resistance. Isaac is currently promoting his new movie Operation Finale. Some have fans have questioned whether Poe’s actions in the movie were the main cause of the Resistance almost being destroyed, but then as Isaac says here, I guess that happens in real life sometimes as well.
“You want to get people to question him as opposed to have some sort of easy answer of like, ‘Yeah, yeah, he did the right thing. He was a hero.’ What’s the cost of this stuff? You hear about stories with George Washington as a general, where lots of people died based on their orders, but that is part of leadership and that push-and-pull in the fight for figuring out what’s the way to move forward. It is a war movie, I mean, above and beyond, it is a movie about warriors.”
I get that, Poe thought what he was doing was right, and how many movies have we seen where it would have been Poe’s insubordination that ended up saving the day? I had my issues with this particular movie, but not really with the idea of Poe growing into more than just a hotshot pilot.
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SOURCE: USA Today