Rian Johnson has defended himself Star Wars: The Last Jedi from a popular review.
The director took over the reins of the franchise after JJ Abrams’ The Force Awakens and while the film has a fervent fanbase and critical acclaim, there’s a contingent of die-hard Star Wars fans who speak out to their dislike.
Johnson has faced repeated criticism since its release in 2017, and he’s done it again while discussing the film in a new interview.
The director whose knife out Consequence, glass onionwhich is released on Netflix on Friday (December 23) has defended its use of comedy in The Last Jedi.
In one scene from the film, General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson) tries to intimidate Po Dameron (Oscar Isaac) by telling him over an intercom that he is “doomed.” After a pause, however, Po quips, “OK, I’ll hold on.”
While Star Wars purists felt this scene had no place in the franchise, Johnson disagreed, calling it “essentially Star Wars.”
“For me, everything in the film is Star Wars, and everything in the film I can trace deeply and deeply to what Star Wars is to me,” he said GQ. “Everyone has a different attitude”
He continued, “I know there are Star Wars fans who kind of think Star Wars was serious stuff, like the Batman movies or something. I was so young that when I watched Reich strikes backit had this deep, profound effect on me because it was terrifying, because I was just young enough to not experience it like I was watching a Star Wars movie, it felt too real.
Johnson used a Return of the Jedi Example scene: “Anyone who thinks that this slightly silly humor has no place in the Star Wars universe, I don’t know if they’ve seen it Return of the Jedi.
He also cited a moment from the first film, released in 1976, to support his point.
“Even in the first film, they are at the heart of the Death Star, attempting this desperate gambit to get out with their lives and rescue the princess, pretending that Chewbacca is their prisoner. The little Imperial droid comes up, Chewbacca yells at him, and the droid screeches like a frightened dog and rolls away.”
He added, “The slightly self-conscious element of light-hearted humor is something that’s inherent in Star Wars. It’s not everything – we also get very serious in the film, and I think that that brazen balance of those things is something that’s inherent in Star Wars as well.”
Glass Onion: A Knife Story will be available to stream on Netflix starting Friday (December 23). Find The Independent‘s review here.
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