‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi‘ is a resounding success that takes more than 500 million dollars at the box office in its first week, but a part of the fans are outraged by the script and are asking for something so crazy that the film is eliminated of the official canon. JJ Abrams is already preparing Episode IX so the detractors should start focusing their efforts on other issues…
Everyone experiences the movie in their own way, and has their reasons to love or hate ‘The Last Jedi’ but I think that before sinking a film, and especially one like this one that generates so many expectations, the least you can do is listen what the author has to say; in this case Rian Johnson. The scriptwriter and director is explaining the decisions that cause more controversy, from the parents of King to what happens with Snoke, going through the comic moments . Now let’s comment on what he said about Luke Skywalker…
(Obviously we enter SPOILERS territory so if you have not seen the film, I do not recommend to continue reading.)
If you’ve read this far, it’s that you’ve already seen ‘The last Jedi’ or it does not matter to you that the end is ruined, so let’s go there. One of the most controversial turns is the evolution of Luke in this Episode VIII, his portrait as a solitary, grumpy and bitter hermit, and his final act of sacrifice. Rian Johnson clarifies some aspects of the character and why he thought he should die in this installment, despite being uncomfortable:
“I had a big question, I was terrified, it was a growing sense of fear when I realized that this was going to make sense in this chapter.”
“I think the hero’s journey for Luke Skywalker ended in ‘The Return of the Jedi.'” This trilogy is the journey of King, Finn and Poe, Luke’s ongoing story must play in conjunction with Rey’s. ”
“It was not like I wrote the script and left it on the Lucasfilm table, it was very important for me to be collaborating with the people of Lucasfilm from the first moment, I moved to San Francisco for a couple of months and went a few times a week. to keep you informed, pouring my ideas, especially the big ones. ”
“It was something that I very soon started to feel like the right thing to do, it was a process, and very soon when I thought about where Luke’s mind would be and what his story arc was going to be about moving away from someone who has decided that the galaxy is better. without Luke and the Jedi who fully accepts that the galaxy needs a legend to believe in. I will put this on my shoulders and be the legend of Luke Skywalker for everyone.
“The act would be the creation of a myth, and if there was going to be a place in this whole trilogy to give you this exciting farewell moment, this was probably going to be the most powerful place to do it.”
“What else can you achieve in the physical world after that?” That would be emotionally the place where it would have the greatest impact if you let yourself die in. I do not know what will happen in Episode 9, at all, but in reality there is potential for more interesting things in the final chapter if the character moves to another realm.”
“[On your reaction to receiving the lightsaber] That takes you to a specific path in terms of where your head is, you’ve made this herculean effort to get away from the battle, to hide in, as he says, ‘the most untraceable from the galaxy. “It took a whole movie for the most heroic and intelligent people in the galaxy to find it.
Then appears a girl who does not know and gives him this thing that represents everything he has made a huge effort to leave behind, with that expression of expectation in their eyes, as saying: ‘Here you go’. And what will he do? Take it and say: ‘Great. Are we going to save the galaxy? You have made your decision. It is there for a reason. I knew it was going to be shocking, but I did it because it felt like, obviously, it’s a dramatic gesture, but it’s an expression of the honesty with which it reacts to that moment.”
Mark Hamill: “This is not my Luke Skywalker.”
Mark Hamill already revealed before the premiere that he was totally against everything Luke Skywalker does in Episode VIII, before clarifying that he thought about it at the beginning of the production and that considers Johnson” an incredible filmmaker“. The director comments on the actor’s reaction when he learned that his character was going to die in this installment:
“It was not what Mark wanted to hear [laughs], understandably, Mark has had all these years to think about what Luke’s triumphant return would be like, Luke is the hero who returns to this story, and the fact that this character and movie could not be that … this character in this film was what it must necessarily be, also in relation to Rey, it’s not what Mark had in his head initially, and that’s why he’s talked very openly about being surprised by the script and where the character ends.”
For his part, Hamill seems to take it with resignation and humor , aware that this trilogy no longer revolves around Luke. Even so, as we already talked about the end of ‘The Last Jedi‘, the actor believes that it is possible that Luke will reappear in Episode IX and recalls a phrase that gives him hope:
“The first thing I said was: ‘Can not you wait and do this in Episode IX?’
“I’m still in a state of denial, I think it was just transported somewhere, New York today, that was my favorite of the theories we had.”
“I’m holding onto that line of dialogue: ‘See you, boy’ I can be in Episode Nine! Maybe I’ll consider catering, just for being able to walk around.”
One of the videos that is being shared and giving more talk these days picks up an interview where Mark Hamill says again that he did not agree with the Rian Johnson script. You can see it below and below I have translated your words:
“I told Rian, ‘The Jedi do not give up.’ I mean, even if he had a problem, maybe he would take a year to try to reorganize, but if he made a mistake he would try to fix it, so there we had a fundamental conflict, but not anymore. It’s my story, it’s someone else’s story, and Rian needed me to be in a specific way to make the end effective.
[About the sentence: “It’s time for the Jedi to finish.”] That’s the cross of my problem. Luke would not say that. I am sorry. Well, in this version, yes, you see, I’m talking about George Lucas’ Star Wars. This is the next generation of Star Wars, so I almost had to think that Luke is another character. Maybe it’s Jake Skywalker! It’s not my Luke Skywalker, but I had to do what Rian wanted me to do because it helps the story, but hey, I still have not fully accepted it. But it’s just a movie. I hope people like it. I hope you do not get angry and I really came to believe that Rian was the exact man they needed for this job.”
‘The last Jedi’ leaves us a great ending for Luke
I love Mark Hamill, and as a fan it hurts me to think about the disappointment he could feel when reading the script (although I guess it was not as hard as when he found out about his role in Episode VII), but he has a special relationship with the character of Luke and it is normal to see him in a different way to Rian Johnson. The important thing is to value what the film tells us, whether it works or not, and the ending is beautiful, a great tribute to the character. This is what Johnson explains:
“First of all, that scene [of the finale] with the children in the barn, for me, is about Luke’s trip and the final act he performs, showing at the end of the film that it was not only about saving 20 people in the cave, but I was going to raise the cloak of the Luke Skywalker legend so that it would expand across the galaxy and spark hope again, and the lower class would start to rise again. Show ESO through the stable boy at the end, that was the true intention of the scene, and yes, the small hint that… there are more out there.”
What do you think? With whom do you situate yourself in this debate, with Rian Johnson or with Mark Hamill?