‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ (The Last Jedi. 2018) is possibly the most divided film in the galactic saga. Some fans hated it, and some consider it the best of the Disney era, but the incongruity of the story left it feeling like it was going in the opposite direction of what a Star Wars movie is. But to this day, the film’s director, Rian Johnson, still says he’s as proud of the sequel as ever.
Proud of his “silly humor”
Despite the fact that an editor of the film said that Episode VIII tried to “undo” the story of ‘The Force Awakens’. To the author of the Star Wars universe, Alan Dean Foster, he disliked it so much that he ended up writing his own treatment for Episode IX to try to make amends. In a recent video from GQ’s ‘Breaks Down His Most Iconic Films’ series Johnson says he remains proud of his vision:
“To me, everything in the movie is Star Wars, and I can see all the connections. Everyone has a different opinion. I know there are Star Wars fans who think the movies were something serious, like the Batman movies or something. It was so young that when I saw The Empire Strikes Back, it had a profound impact on me, because it was terrifying, because I was young enough, it felt too real.”
Although he had already defended the humor of his script, the filmmaker mentioned specific moments from the original trilogy who have that much-criticized humor.
“Anyone who thinks that slightly goofy humor has no place in the Star Wars universe, I don’t know if you’ve seen Return of the Jedi. Even the first movie, they’re at the heart of the Death Star and they’re trying to They try to pull off this desperate tactic to get out alive and save the princess, where they pretend Chewbacca is their prisoner. A little Imperial droid appears, Chewbacca roars at him, and the droid squeals like a frightened dog. That kind of prank is essential. of ‘Star Wars’ for me”.
Though he may not have noticed moments of unintentional humor that have become memes, like the one about Leia flying, Johnson then he explained his approach to the filmsaying:
“It’s a story about heroes and about a younger generation knowing their heroes, and a generation that is now the older generation of heroes trying to be role models for the new ones, and still being flawed and flawed human beings. And someone who has the role of a legend but who feels fallible as a human being, at the end of the movie realizes the value of that legend and that his place is to step up and be that for the older generation. young”
“When you’re dealing with all these things, the legends that we grew up with, that I grew up with, were the Star Wars characters. If I think about what has been the most consistent throughout my life, it’s these movies. And again, anyone making a Star Wars movie today is in some way committing themselves to their personal relationship with Star Wars.”