Star Wars director, Rian Johnson, is very proud of The Last Jedi film. Five years after the film was released, just merely mentioning the film online starts an argument among fans about Star Wars as a whole. In a recent interview with Empire Magazine, he revealed that he was even more proud of the film five years later.
"I'm even more proud of it five years on. When I was up at bat, I really swung at the ball," Johnson said during the interview. However, the film was not received in a good light by some of the fans. The Last Jedi film makes a point to deconstruct some of the central figures and ideas of the Star Wars lore. Choosing a path like that was never going to sit well will some of the fans. But in spite of all the criticisms, Johnson himself is feeling very good about the project and there are a lot of fans who loved The Last Jedi as well.
"I think it's impossible for any of us to approach Star Wars without thinking about it as a myth that we were raised with, and how that myth, that story, baked itself into us and affected us," Johnson explained. "The ultimate intent was not to strip away – the intent was to get to the basic, fundamental power of myth. And ultimately I hope the film is an affirmation of the power of the myth of Star Wars in our lives."
"The final images of the movie, to me, are not deconstructing the myth of Luke Skywalker, they're building it, and they're him embracing it," the director added. "They're him absolutely defying the notion of, 'Throw away the past,' and embracing what actually matters about his myth and what's going to inspire the next generation. So for me, the process of stripping away is always in the interest of getting to something essential that really matters."
The social media backlash against Star Wars: The Last Jedi was so severe that actress Kelly Marie Train decided to say goodbye to social media because of the harassment she received. She said in an interview with ET Online that it was the best decision for herself.
"I mean, I think that, you know, it's a different decision for everyone," Tran explained. "And I think that people should do what they think is right for them. I also think that ... it was the best thing I ever did. I don't know. It's funny, it feels like people are still shocked by it sometimes. I'm like, no ... I just did what was best for me."
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is currently available to stream on Disney+.