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.
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 think that's a really good way of looking at it," one supporter tweeted. Another explained, "I thought [The Last Jedi] was great Rian, but being devil's advocate for the moment, couldn't you have continued with the storylines JJ [Abrams] had set up [in The Force Awakens] and then break the mould with your future trilogy? Nevertheless, will be interested to see how JJ deals with the hot potato you've thrown him."
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.