For all the arguments about Star Wars: The Last Jedi, a lot of fans agree that the Throne Room fight with Rey and Kylo teaming up was one of the best scenes. Too bad though, because it’s actually pretty sloppy from a stunt professional standpoint.
Appearing with Corridor Crew, professional stuntman Eric Linden goes in-depth as to why the Throne room fight in The Last Jedi was kind of sloppy. The bit starts at 4:15:
The main critique is that the duel is kind of clumsily put together that you can obviously spot when the extras are just waiting for their turn to strike. What’s more, there’s a whole lot of unnecessary spinning when it comes to the guards.
At best, Linden thinks the movie could have made good use of Force powers to make Rey and Kylo more formidable than they look. Then again, he thinks it isn’t all terrible; the scene where Kylo catches the lightsaber and ignites it on a guard’s face is still great.
With the prequels giving us the more elegant lightsaber battles, J.J. Abrams was said to have wanted the return of the more guttural fighting that was present in the original trilogy. Despite the stunt flaws, I think the throne room fight in TLJ is still amazing, and that’s mostly because we get to watch a light side and dark side hero team-up for the first time.
For now, everyone is waiting on the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in theaters Dec. 20.