Rian Johnson is standing by the creative choices he made with the eighth installment of the Skywalker Saga, Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
In mid-December of 2017, The Last Jedi was released to overwhelmingly positive reviews and the second highest weekend opening in history behind only its predecessor, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The film has, as of the writing of this article, grossed over 1.2 billion at the worldwide box-office and has quickly ranked itself into the top ten highest grossing domestic films as well as worldwide. Within the Star Wars fan base, however, the conciseness is not as universal.
Outrage over what fans perceived as betrayal of the franchise included supposed betrayals of established characters and a number of people who seemed to be mad over the fact that their fan theories weren’t confirmed has turned the conversation in to a fan battle over whether or not The Last Jedi is one of the greatest Star Wars films of all time or one of the worst. But Director Rain Johnson says that he wouldn’t change a thing about it.
In an upcoming interview with The/Filmcast, Johnson expressed some of his feelings and thoughts on the matter. According to the director, he had what he described as a “dark hour”. While promoting the film on its opening night he had a free moment and made the mistake of looking at his phone. Instantly he saw a massive number of hate-filled tweets condemning his film and had no context as to why they disliked it so much, feeling as if he had genuinely messed the whole thing up for a moment:
“The crazy thing is, I had no perspective on these tweets. I had no perspective in terms of how big a group of people this was, even what they were upset about specifically. Over the next few weeks, I was able to contextualize it and feel much better about it. But at the time, I thought, ‘Oh my god, does everybody hate this? Did I totally mess up, was I wrong?’ And I had a very dark hour of the soul…because I had no context for this.”
Johnson went on to note the fact that the hate tweets only make up about 5% of The Last Jedi related tweets with the rest being overwhelmingly positive. Upon reflection, he stated, that there wasn’t anything that he had read that made him want to change any decision he made in the film:
“There’s nothing I’ve read or seen that’s made me think, ‘Oh god, I did kind of mess that up, I would’ve done that differently if I could go back. I still genuinely believe in all the decisions I’ve made.”
The director was also asked whether not the divisive fan response to Episode VIII could influence his approach to his new Star Wars trilogy which is currently in development. Johnson made it clear, simply responding “No, I don’t think so.”
Star Wars: The Last Jedi stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, Benicio del Toro, Laura Dern, Kelly Marie Tran, Lupita Nyong’o, and Andy Serkis. Here’s the official synopsis:
In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past. Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens in U.S. theaters on December 15, 2017.
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