Star Wars Director Rian John Still Defends The Last Jedi From All The Unhappy Fanboys

Author Thumbnail BY Tiny Diapana - November 08, 2018

Star Wars: The Last Jedi might have enjoyed commercial and critical success when it released last December, but some fans just couldn’t stomach how the film subverted fan expectations, complaining about Snoke’s short-lived moment on the big screen and Luke’s (Mark Hamill) state as a jaded, old hermit on Ach-To. Unwavering as ever, director Rian Johnson continues to defend his movie from these fans, dropping hot takes on social media in response to their complaints.

One of these examples is the response that Johnson made on Twitter when a fan decided to complain about The Last Jedi being executed poorly and having bad storytelling because it changed “Luke so much and have one little flashback scene to explain why.”

Defending his film, Johnson responded saying that “Luke is in fact 100% consistent with his character,” claiming that the Jedi was the same person who he was from the original trilogy.

While some might disagree, Johnson makes a clear point here. Sure, Luke might have been benevolent enough to hold out for his father, Darth Vader, but throughout the OT, Luke still battled with the Dark Side of his own nature. He struggled with himself during his training with Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back, and his new master wasn’t hesitant to point out how reckless and angry Luke was when he came to him.

Besides, George Lucas set the image of an old hermit for Luke himself, planning to have this jaded version of the character train Rey (Daisy Ridley) at the start of The Force Awakens. Johnson was only there to help flesh out this version of Luke and give him a backstory that would explain why he cut himself from the force.

Of course, other fans would disagree. What are your thoughts on The Last Jedi? Did you enjoy the film? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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