We don’t think many would disagree with the fact that Star Wars: The Last Jedi took a lot of expectations and turned them on their heads. However, the film also changed things up for the franchise, for its use of flashbacks.
Yes, The Force Awakens had something that resembled a flashback, but that was more of a Force vision that was incited by Rey touching the lightsaber. On the other hand, for the first time, we pretty much have our first honest-to-goodness flashback that shows the same thing from three different perspectives.
If you’ve somehow gone this far into this piece, now’s the time for you to know that this post contains some SPOILERS for the film.
The flashbacks in questions how Luke Skywalker getting ready to kill a young Ben Solo. First we hear about it from Luke’s perspective, then Kylo Ren’s, and then sort of a mix of the two.
in the book The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Johnson mentioned its resemblance to a classic Japanese film, as well as the fact that it was a late addition to the script. Here’s what he said:
“The three flashbacks were a late addition – one of the last things that went into the script before we started shooting. It’s similar to Rashomon, but the actual story motivation was that I wanted some harder kick to Rey’s turn: ‘You didn’t tell me this.’ I wanted some harder line that was crossed – a more defined thing that we could actually see – between Luke and Kylo. I didn’t want to do a big flashback. So one flashback that you repeat three times but that’s just one moment seemed more right. Ultimately, the only one who lies is Luke, in the very first flashback, where he omits the fact that he had a lightsaber in his hand. Kylo is basically telling the truth about his perception of the moment.”
All in all, we think it works for effective storytelling, and it really works to make Kylo Ren a more sympathetic villain.
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SOURCE: Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi (via Screen Rant)