Star Wars: The Last Jedi may have left even the most ardent supporters of the film with more questions than answers, but one of the mysteries that has been frequently mentioned in conversations about Episode VII involves the climactic showdown between Luke Skywalker and Kylo Ren. Though it was revealed that the Jedi Master had used to force to project his image to his nephew in a successful attempt to buy his allies time to escape, many wondered why Luke decided to depict himself wielding Anakin Skywalker’s lightsaber. In an interview with IGN, director Rian Johnson discussed Luke’s decision and explained why Kylo Ren would not have recognized the weapon as the lightsaber that had been destroyed earlier.
Johnson explained that Luke chose to wield his father’s lightsaber as part of an effort to have the greatest impact on his former apprentice:
“[Luke] is basically tailoring this projection to have maximum effect on Kylo. He knows that Kylo’s Achilles heel is his rage, and so that’s why he kind of makes himself look younger, the way Kylo would’ve last seen him in their confrontation at the temple, and that’s why he decided to bring Kylo’s grandfather’s lightsaber down there — the lightsaber that Kylo screamed at Rey, ‘that’s mine, that belongs to me.’”
As for why Kylo Ren didn’t notice that Luke was using the same lightsaber that had been destroyed during his confrontation with Rey, Johnson noted that the new Supreme Leader would have been blinded a flash of light and knocked unconscious during their showdown, therefore he would not have seen the weapon being damaged.
Written and directed by Rian Johnson, Star Wars: The Last Jedi stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Andy Serkis, Laura Dern, Kelly Marie Tran and Benicio del Toro.
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10 Reasons Why ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Is Great
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is currently the most talked about movie. Releasing last week to critical acclaim, but divisive audience ratings, The Last Jedi is certainly one of the most fascinating recent blockbuster hits. It has already made quite a lot of money at the box office and it’s sure to keep making more for Disney and Lucasfilm along the way.
The mixed audience reaction to this film has in particular been a fascinating thing to watch. Many fans have very strong opinions and I don’t necessarily agree with some of these negative reactions. However, I understand that everyone has their own right to present their opinions, especially over a movie like this. With this in mind, I think that it’s the perfect time to talk about why I think The Last Jedi is great film.
Here are 10 reasons why Star Wars: The Last Jedi is great. Spoilers ahead. Click Next to get started!