Another day, another interview with Rian Johnson about the Star Wars: The Last Jedi fan criticisms.
In a recent interview with Slashfilm, Johnson talked specifically about his reaction to the fan backlash that’s been spreading since the divisive movie’s release.
While we do understand a lot of criticism, things have gone a little too far when the writer/director is getting death threats from fans. Just goes to show that while Star Wars has the potential to make more money than any other franchise in the world, it is also the most pulled apart and dissected franchise out there. Asked about the fan backlash specifically, here is what Johnson had to say:
“The crazy thing is, I had no perspective on these tweets. I had no perspective in terms of how big a group of people this was, even what they were upset about specifically. Over the next few weeks, I was able to contextualize it and feel much better about it. But at the time, I thought, ‘Oh my god, does everybody hate this? Did I totally mess up, was I wrong?’ And I had a very dark hour of the soul…because I had no context for this.”
While Johnson did say that 95% of the feedback he’s received has been positive (He must be reading this feedback in a different place than I am), he did go on to discuss the impact of that loud minority:
“When even 5% of the people are saying, ‘You ruined Star Wars, I hope you die,’ that’s what you’re going to listen to.”
Yeah, it’s always hard to not react to strong criticism, you have to have a thick skin when you produce for the masses. Especially in this digital, social media-driven world. Johnson finally went on to say:
“There’s nothing I’ve read or seen that’s made me think, ‘Oh god, I did kind of mess that up, I would’ve done that differently if I could go back.’ I still genuinely believe in all the decisions I’ve made.”
Whilst I don’t personally agree with some of his script decisions, it was still his movie to make, and we must realise that all fans have differing views. All the audience can do is decide whether they personally like it or not. No amount of complaining is ever going o change the final product we were given. At this point, I’m not sure there’s anything left for Johnson to say about the film that we have not already heard. Until we hear of tomorrow’s interview or the one after that, I guess.
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