J.J. Abrams Says He’s “Nothing But Grateful” for the Decisions Rian Johnson Made in ‘The Last Jedi’

Collider | 12/13/2019 | Adam Chitwood
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The final film in the Skywalker Saga is due to hit theaters within a week, so naturally the internet decided it was time to re-litigate the quality of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The second film in this new trilogy took the characters to bold and challenging places, and some fans simply were not onboard with where writer/director Rian Johnson took the story. One person who was onboard with that direction, and is “grateful” for it, is Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker co-writer and director J.J. Abrams.

The new dustup over The Last Jedi surfaced over some comments made by the cast in a New York Times profile, and namely John Boyega getting candid about the fact that he didn’t love the direction Finn took in TLJ. Which, look, is kind of understandable. Finn doesn’t get a ton to do in the sequel, so from Boyega’s standpoint he was probably not thrilled on set. But the entire point of Finn’s arc in The Last Jedi, and the reason he’s taken to Canto Bight, is so his character can grow and change. When we meet Finn in The Force Awakens, he’s a lifelong stormtrooper who knows little of the outside world. His arc in The Last Jedi is about coming to understand the larger societal construct of the world under First Order rule, and the class disparities that exist. By the end of that film, Finn’s grown as a person through his relationship with Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran), a mechanic who has had a very different life.

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The other complaint that arose this week from the cast was that they were all split up in The Last Jedi, thus making Rise of Skywalker—a film where Finn, Rey (Daisy Ridley), and Poe (Oscar Isaac) go on an adventure together—somehow inherently superior. But...
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