John Boyega shares his honest thoughts on Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
You can write an entire book on the critical and fan reaction that Star Wars: The Last Jedi received. While critics for the most part gave the film positive reviews (the film boasts a 91% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes), the response from the Star Wars fanbase is infamously polarized. Some of the negative reactions made against the film were for illegitimate reasons that led to a toxic discourse around the film that led to actress Kelly Marie Tran to leave Instagram due to constant racist/sexist harassment who didn’t like her character Rose Tico. But with that toxic element aside, some had understandable criticisms with The Last Jedi, particularly in regards to Rian Johnson’s narrative decisions.
One of the most-criticized elements of The Last Jedi was how John Boyega’s Finn was treated. When compared to his role as a co-protagonist to Daisy Ridley’s Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, John Boyega’s Finn was separated from Rey for basically the entire film. With Rey off in Ahch-To training with a reluctant Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Finn was sent on an adventure with Resistance maintenance worker Rose Tico on a mission.
Finn’s subplot in The Last Jedi was heavily criticized, especially when compared to his role in The Force Awakens. After nearly two years since the film’s release, John Boyega shared some of his honest thoughts on the film in an interview with Hypebeast:
“The Force Awakens I think was the beginning of something quite solid, The Last Jedi if I’m being honest I’d say that was feeling a bit iffy for me. I didn’t necessarily agree with a lot of the choices in that and that’s something that spoke to Mark [Hamill] a lot about and we had conversations about it. And it was hard for all of us, because we were separated.”
John Boyega continues, comparing the Sequel Trilogy’s dynamic to that of the Original Trilogy:
“I guess the original Star Wars films there was much more of a trio feel where it was essentially about Luke’s journey, but Han and Leia there was a strong dynamic, which I think, I don’t know how quickly we’re going to be able to establish that longterm dynamic with [Episode] Nine. But if it’s exploring that dynamic, then that would be cool,” he notes. “I do feel even after three films still, we don’t know them as much as we got to know Han, Luke, Leia. And maybe that’s a great opportunity to get to know them a little bit more.”
Hearing John Boyega’s honest thoughts on The Last Jedi is pretty interesting. But even though he disagrees with some of the choices made (similar to his co-star Mark Hamill), that’s not to say he didn’t enjoy working with Rian Johnson. So before any conspiracy theorists out there try to twist John Boyega’s words as a personal attack against Rian Johnson, just be reminded that creatives can have disagreements on projects but still have love for each other. After all, Mark Hamill famously stated he “fundamentally disagreed” with Rian Johnson’s vision for Luke, but he still appeared at the premiere for his new film Knives Out.
It’s safe to say that even if he disagreed with some choices made in The Last Jedi, there’s nothing but love between John Boyega and Rian Johnson.
What do you make of John Boyega’s thoughts on The Last Jedi? Do you agree with him? Are you excited to see how Finn is portrayed in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker? Sound off in the comments below, and be sure to continue following Heroic Hollywood for all the latest news in the Star Wars universe.
Here is the synopsis for Star Wars: The Last Jedi:
“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.”
Written and directed by Rian Johnson, Star Wars: The Last Jedi stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern, Frank Oz and Benicio del Toro.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is available to own on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD.