Rian Johnson on ‘Last Jedi’ Backlash: I Honored the Original Trilogy By Subverting It

IndieWire | 8/22/2019 | Staff
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Rey’s backstory, Snoke’s fate, and Luke Skywalker’s own story-arc were all plot points that elicited a polarized reaction from fans after “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” premiered in 2017.

Now, writer-director Rian Johnson has a response: He took the risks in order to pay homage to George Lucas’ original trilogy — it’s all about moving the story forward.

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Johnson discussed the film on an episode of the podcast “Creative Processing with Joseph Gordon-Levitt” released this week.

“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,” he said. “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.

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“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.”

In one particular case, the backlash against Johnson’s decisions turned hateful. Vietnamese-American,Kelly Marie Tran, who plays Rose Tico,...
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