Rian Johnson Explains Taking Risks With 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'

Director Rian Johnson created the most controversial “Star Wars” film to date with ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi‘ and now he has revealed why he took some major chances with the film. The movie is hailed as either one of the best or the worst “Star Wars” film in the franchise depending on who you ask which means he was at least able to grab some amazing attention and headlines with it.

From Rey not having parents important to the existing canon to both Ackbar and Snoke being quickly taken off the table to Luke Skywalker living the life of a hermit – things didn’t go as expected.


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That, however, was the point as according to Johnson:

“I think the instant you start thinking in terms of how do you not step outside of the bounds of what the original movies did, you’re not thinking the way the people who made the original movies did. They were with every movie, they were pushing it forward, with every movie they were stepping outside those bounds and pushing the characters into new, emotionally honest, but surprising places. That’s why those movies are great. That’s why they’re alive. If they had been looking at something that came before it and saying, ‘Oh, we better not do this because that is outside of this or that,’ it would’ve been different.”

While my issues were with the slowest space chase in the world that lead into the Canto Bight subplot, I did and still do feel that bringing new ideas to the “Star Wars” franchise is a welcome change.

What do you think of Rian Johnson’s choice to push the boundaries with ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’? Do you agree with his thinking about how he crafted his film? While we already know that the comments will be filled primarily by the vocal fans who didn’t like the movie, please share your thoughts in the comments below!


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