Rian Johnson Is ‘Even More Proud’ of Star Wars: The Last Jedi Now Than He Was at Release

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Director Rian Johnson Says He’s “Even Prouder” Of Star Wars: The Last Jedi On His Fifth Birthday Than He Was When It Came Out

During an interview with Empire Magazine, the 48-year-old filmmaker explained, “Five years later, I’m even more proud of it,” he said. “When I was hitting, I really waved at the ball.”

The Last Jedi followed directly on from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but developed the Skywalker Saga in completely unexpected ways. Building on the story of Rey, Poe and Finn, the second installment in the Star Wars sequel trilogy wasn’t afraid to go in unexpected directions. After all, as Johnson himself explained, The Last Jedi is not only a Star Wars movie.

“I don’t think it’s impossible for any of us to approach Star Wars without seeing it as a myth that we were raised with, and how that myth, that story, has ingrained in us and influenced us,” Johnson explains. . “The ultimate intent was not to strip away – the intent was to get to the fundamental, fundamental power of the myth. And in the end, I hope the film is a confirmation of the power of the Star Wars myth in our lives.”

The myth of the titular Last Jedi was central to the film, as you’d expect. However, Johnson explained that he wasn’t just deconstructing the myth of the Jedi master, Luke Skywalker. It was about breaking the myth to get to the parts that really matter.

“The final images of the film for me are not the deconstruction of the Luke Skywalker myth, they build him up and he embraces him,” he explained. “They are him who absolutely defies the idea of ​​’Throw the past away’ and embraces what really matters to his myth and what is going to inspire the next generation. So to me the process of stripping is always in the interest of something essential that really matters.”

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Concept Art

When it comes to The Last Jedi, Skywalker’s return (and ultimate sacrifice) turns him into a symbol of hope for the Resistance. And maybe that’s precisely what the galaxy needed.

The Last Jedi became a very divisive (and sometimes toxic) part of pop culture upon release, which Johnson has commented on many times since. Whether you agree or not, Johnson clearly stands by his decision.

Want to read more about Star Wars? Check out our first glimpse of Leia’s wedding dress, as well as the one Star Wars sequel who wants to return.

Ryan Leston is an entertainment journalist and film critic for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.


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