With the level of criticism aimed at writer Director Rian Johnson after Star Wars: The Last Jedi left fans divided about the film, it would be understandable if he reflected on the negative feedback. However, in a recent interview with Fandango‘s Erik Davis which you can see from his Twitter feed below, it appears that Johnson is ready to completely ignore the negative feedback in preparations for his new trilogy of Star Wars movies.
Asked if the negative feedback has influenced his plans for the new trilogy Johnson said:
“No, not really. I mean, I feel like every Star Wars thing that ever gets made has a big, loud response because Star Wars fans are passionate and that’s what makes them awesome,” Johnson explained.
“I don’t think it’s possible when, if you’re really telling a story you care about and having it come from your heart, it’s just not possible to be intellectually processing what everyone else wants and nor would it be a good thing, a healthy thing. I don’t think that’s a good way to tell a story.”
So, here’s the thing, whilst I agree with his words above completely as a writer, I also feel like that much negative feedback is something he has to at least take on board. I’m not saying he has to write his trilogy thinking about what the fans want at all times, but it would be nice to know he takes all feedback on board, both positive and negative. I guess I just don’t want Johnson to go away from The Last Jedi thinking there were a few vocal fans who didn’t like what he did, but overall it was a great movie and well received.
Sorry Rian, but that’s just not the case. In fact, if anything I would say the majority of fans were on the negative side with The Last Jedi and the people who seem to enjoy the movie most are those who didn’t particularly have an over-fondness with the Star Wars franchise to begin with.
My worry is that Johnson does not appear to want to play by the rules of this Universe. It’s like taking Tolkien’s work and deciding there were other Rings of Power and Dark Lords. A Universe has to have established rules and Johnson just didn’t like to play by those rules when he wrote the script for The Last Jedi, in my opinion.
Hopefully, he does a better job with a contained trilogy that has a beginning, middle, and end all devised by him and not having to follow up JJ Abrams. I wouldn’t say I have confidence in his writing ability, though.
What do you think of this news, should Rian Johnson at least consider the feedback to The Last Jedi whilst writing his new trilogy or just ignore it and write whatever he feels like? Let us know in the usual place
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SOURCE: Erik Davis