Rian Johnson Defends Luke Skywalker's Powers in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Author Thumbnail BY Jake Vyper - January 13, 2018

Star Wars: The Last Jedi filmmaker Rian Johnson took the series into bold directions but not everyone agrees with some of the director's changes. Whether it's Leia's space levitation moment or breaking fans' expectations about Rey's parentage and Supreme Leader Snoke, it's clear that the film has been more divisive than any other Star Wars film before it. Now, Johnson is defending his bold choice regarding one of the finale's most talked-about elements. 

That element is Luke's surprising new Force power that allowed him to project his image across the galaxy to confront Kylo Ren, stalling him and the First Order to give the Resistance more time to escape Crait. As Comicbook.com reports, the debate started with a discussion about his power. While some thought that it was a natural development of Luke's Force powers, some thought that it was like a deus ex machina, an unexpected moment that saves the day after presenting a seemingly hopeless situation. 

After Johnson was tagged into the debate, the filmmaker chimed his opinion on Twitter, "I should stay out of this but... were ANY aspects of force use in the OT (force grabbing objects, force ghosts, even the Jedi mind trick) explicitly 'set up' before they happened? I'll take my answer off air." 

Johnson is saying that those moments of using Force abilities in the Original Trilogy also came out of nowhere, so why are fans criticizing Luke's new power in The Last Jedi

Although he's defensive about his choices, he expressed joy his joy at arguing about what fans are criticizing about the film. However, he's aware that Twitter is not the best forum when it comes to debates like this. 


Johnson admitted, "I know & I don’t take offense at arguing about this stuff at all, to the contrary, I love it! But you’re right, probably not the right forum. (Still, I can’t resist...)"

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is now showing in theaters. 
(H/T: Comicbook.com, Twitter, Rian Johnson)
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