Despite some fan outrage, Rian Johnson thinks the new Force powers displayed by Luke in Star Wars: The Last Jedi are perfectly legitimate. There's been no end to the debate surrounding the latest Star Wars film, but few can deny that writer and director Rian Johnson certainly brought something different to the franchise. Regardless of what faults the film may have, however, The Last Jedi is a box office success the world over. With $1.2 billion and climbing in global sales, the film helped Disney win last year at the box office and is outstripping climbing up the all-time charts at a steady pace.
Everyone's mileage may vary when it comes to Star Wars VIII, but many of the attacks levied against the film don't hold much weight when compared to the previous films. All the new Force powers in The Last Jedi have precedence in the Expanded Universe and many are even extensions of stuff seen in previous films. The humor, meanwhile, is hardly different from what Han, Yoda, and others displayed in Original Trilogy. As for Luke's specific abilities in the latest Star Wars, Johnson doesn't see anything problematic about them.
Rian Johnson responded to a Twitter exchange between Bungie project leader Mark Noseworthy and /Film head Peter Sciretta. Noseworthy laid out how Luke's powers are foreshadowed by Snoke bridging Rey and Kylo, while Sciretta thought that the appearance of the last-minute astral projection came out of the blue. When Noseworthy suggested they have Johnson weigh in (to Sciretta's prostest), the writer/director did just that.
I should stay out of this but... were ANY aspects of force use in the OT (force grabbing objects, force ghosts, even the jedi mind trick) explicitly “set up” before they happened? I’ll take my answer off air. pic.twitter.com/2dvvZynizE— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) January 12, 2018
For Johnson, the fact that Luke's powers weren't telegraphed or set up before isn't an issue as that's how Force powers have always worked. Another fan even chimed in to say that the Emperor used Force lightning for the first time in the franchise during the climax of Return of the Jedi despite a power of that magnitude having never been hinted at before. For Sciretta, even this logic and Johnson's responses weren't satisfying, which likely mirrors the feelings of many other detractors.
With a fervent fanbase dissecting every moment of a property these days, there's always going to be things that don't quite add up. Regardless of what's said, Star Wars: The Last Jedi has been a smash success. What's more, Johnson will soon be kicking off his own trilogy of films in the series. Meanwhile, J.J. Abrams may retcon Star Wars VIII to a degree when he returns, but we'll have to wait and see how things shake out. For now, Johnson's comments will just one more volley in the ongoing debate surrounding Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
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