Though some Star Wars fans complain that the sequel trilogy's Kylo Ren to be an overly emotional Darth Vader fan-boy, others find The Force Awakens baddie to be one of the most interesting characters in Lucasfilm's revival of the Skywalker saga, praising Adam Driver's nuanced performance.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson seems to feel the same way, opening up in an interview with Empire and saying that he really enjoyed writing Kylo Ren's story arc in The Force Awakens sequel.
"Writing Kylo Ren is just so much fun. Star Wars boils down to the transition from adolescence into adulthood. That's the heart of these films and Rey is most obviously the one that hangs on. But it's also Kylo. In the originals you project entirely onto Luke, while Vader is the scary other — he's the minotaur. The fascinating thing about Kylo and Rey is that they're two sides of something. We can all relate to Kylo: to that anger of being in the turmoil of adolescence and figuring out who he's going to be as a man; dealing with anger and wanting to separate from his family. He's not Vader — at least, he's not Vader yet — and that's something I really wanted to get into."
A movie is only as good as its villain, and it's great to hear that Johnson explored Kylo Ren's story thoroughly, finding a character that audiences could relate to. It seems like Ren still has lot of internal conflict going on in The Last Jedi.
Though many believe that it's too late to save Kylo Ren, others are hoping that the fallen son of Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) might find his own redemption in the Star Wars sequel trilogy the same way that Vader did in the first three Star Wars movies. Let's wait and see what happens next.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi makes its debut on the big screen on December 15, 2017.