Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last couple of years, then you know that Star Wars: The Last Jedi was one of the most divisive movies to hit for a long time. Some fans loved it, some hated it and no one seems able to agree on why they hated it or loved it either. It’s a very odd scenario and I certainly won’t cover all the same old arguments again on here.
However, Rian Johnson has been talking about why he took so many risks in the movies and therefore it is new and may well spark off another endless The Last Jedi debate. I think if you have visited LRM in the last year or so, you are probably aware of my position with The Last Jedi, let’s just say I am not a fan, and yet some of my colleagues loved it, some thought it was meh and other’s thought it was the literal spawn of Satan. Johnson was recently on Creative Processing with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and he spoke a little about the infamous movie.
“I think the instant you start thinking in terms of how do you not step outside of the bounds of what the original movies did, you’re not thinking the way the people who made the original movies did. They were with every movie, they were pushing it forward, with every movie they were stepping outside those bounds and pushing the characters into new, emotionally honest, but surprising places. That’s why those movies are great. That’s why they’re alive. If they had been looking at something that came before it and saying, ‘Oh, we better not do this because that is outside of this or that,’ it would’ve been different.”
I’ll keep this fairly simple, I agree with Johnson’s right to think outside the box and try and be a little innovative, especially after the copy and paste job that was The Force Awakens. Saying that, all I can say is that I personally did not appreciate the changes he made and I think there is a bit of a limit when you are creating a story in a shared world with some established rules. The Lord of the Rings video games Shadow of Mordor and Shadow of War are a great example of this, they change the lore in such a way that to Tolkien fans they are seen as a damn disgrace. However, I know many people not versed with Tolkien’s mythology, and they don’t give two hoots about this aspect of those games. I guess maybe that’s a good representation about where the division comes in with certain groups of fans over The Last Jedi?
Personally, whilst I respect Johnson’s right to dream up his own story, I felt like the film to me ended up being dull, repetitive, uninspired, and the humor just didn’t land for me at all. Maybe you guys feel the same, maybe some of you feel differently and that’s fine. Just don’t blame me for dragging all this up again when the arguments begin in the usual spot below.
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SOURCE: Rian Johnson (via Creative Processing with Joseph Gordon-Levitt)