It has been a week since The Last Jedi released and the world is still torn on it. While everyone agrees that it was a very, very different kind of Star Wars film, no one can seem to agree if that is a good thing or not. Should the franchise remain what we know and love? Or should it evolve into something different?
Wherever you fall on this debate, I, for one at least think it is good we are having it. One of the biggest complaints about Hollywood is that they make the same things over and over again. So shouldn't we be wanting something new?
Was The Last Jedi too new?
Director Rian Johnson has finally chimed in on this issue. While I think we all suspected that he would stand by his work, he did also mention that dividing people was never his intention.
The goal is never to divide or make people upset, but I do think the conversations that are happening were going to have to happen at some point if sw is going to grow, move forward and stay vital.— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) December 21, 2017
It is an interesting point. Disney has said that if all goes according to plan no one alive today will live long enough to see the final Star Wars film. So unless you want them to keep remaking A New Hope forever this was bound to happen eventually.
But much like The Last Jedi itself people are really divided on Johnson's answer.
I thought TLJ was great Rian, but being devils advocate for the moment, couldn't you have continued with the storylines JJ had set up and then break the mould with your future trilogy? Nevertheless, will be interesting to see how JJ deals with the hot potato you've thrown him! 😊— 🎄Steve 🎅🏻 ibleedgolf 🎄 (@ibleedgolf1) December 21, 2017
I’m so glad you made bold choices to make a challenging and fun and worthwhile film, worthy of the legacy.— Anil Dashing Through The Snow (@anildash) December 22, 2017
History will not be kind to this film. I fear the Star Wars brand has been irreparably harmed.— Christopher Carrico (@WVUCarrico) December 21, 2017
On the first viewing of #TheLastJedi, I left disappointed and angry. I’ve been complaining on Twitter about it for days.— Dennis Jordan (@DennisMJordan) December 21, 2017
I went yesterday to see it again with my wife, and my perception of it has changed. My wife loved the film and convinced me I was wrong.
I let the past go...
As a lifelong SW fan, I totally agree. Letting characters grow does honor to them rather than disrespecting them. I loved THE LAST JEDI!— Jonathan Janz (@JonathanJanz) December 21, 2017
"Impressive. Every word in that sentence was wrong". Many decisions you took were meant to upset old fans to the core. And SW didn't need any of these conversations to move forward and stay vital. We have been unnecessary divided.— Mariano (@GIGAMAD) December 22, 2017
Actually that's pretty insulting... The complaint isn't that you innovated, it's that you made a terrible movie with an incoherent story.— Crispin Rovere (@crispinrovere) December 22, 2017
I agree that this discussion was inevitable, but Luke was completely out of character. Mark Hamill did an amazing job, but this iconic character deserved FAR better in my opinion.— J Moore (@JMichielM) December 21, 2017
This will be a fight that lasts a long time. It will only end when the light side and the dark side can strike a balance.