Star Wars: The Last Jedi Director Rian Johnson Shares His Thoughts on The Rise of Skywalker

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It's been over a month since Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker made its debut. Served as the final installment of the Skywalker Saga, the movie was divisive amongst fans. For some, it didn't quite hit the mark but others think it's a fitting ending. As a Star Wars fan himself and the director of its predecessor, what are Rian Johnson's thoughts on the film?

Speaking to MTV News at the Oscars Red Carpet, Johnson was asked with regards to his reaction upon seeing Episode IX. "I had a blast, man," he said. "[It] made me so proud and seeing the heart and soul that [director] J.J. [Abrams] put into it."


"And seeing my friends who were in the movie just like bring the whole to a conclusion," he added. Johnson says, as a Star Wars fan, he thought that seeing The Rise of Skywalker was a "really cool experience."

While some fans think that the movie was just basically made to ignore all of Johnson's creative decisions in The Last Jedi, Abrams says the "opportunities" would "never have been there" without Johnson's movie. In addition, when he was working on The Force Awakens, Abrams says he was "nothing but grateful" that a director and writer he "admires" such as Johnson would be working on The Last Jedi and that it was "fun" to be able to see what was happening in his film and got the chance to respond to it.

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