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Rian Johnson defends himself from criticism of Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Last Jedi – The Independent, Independent

Rian Johnson defends himself from criticism of Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Last Jedi – The Independent, Independent


    

             

                                   

                                                                         

Star Wars: The Last JedidirectorRian Johnsonhas defended himself after numerous fans criticized his portrayal of Luke Skywalker.

                                                                                                                                                                                                     

The director, whose filmKnives Outwas recently nominated at the Golden Globes, replied to a post that described why some fans disagree with the way Johnson wrote the character, who is played by Mark Hamill.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        

In the critique, Johnson is accused of “attempting to overwrite six films-worth of arcs”, which the writer argues “undermines the central conflict of the original trilogy and prequels”.

                                                                                                                                                                                             

  

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Johnson was tagged in a retweet of the article, with another Twitter user writing: ”This is the best written explanation I’ve seen of how Rian Johnson completely destroys the character of Luke Skywalker and almost derailed the franchise. ”

                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Referencing the return of

JJ Abramsfor divisive final chapterThe Rise of Skywalker, the user added: “Thank goodness for [production company] Bad Robot coming in and cleaning up Johnson’s mess. ”                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

    

        

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Johnson’s measured response read: “Gil, I understand that point of view but I completely disagree with it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                             

“In fact, I think it disrespects the character of Luke by treating him not as a true mythic hero overcoming recurring wounds & flaws, but as a video game character who has achieved a binary, permanent power-up. ”

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Ahead of the release ofThe Last Jediin 2017, Hamillvoiced his initial concernswith the arc of his beloved character.

                                                                                                                     

The actor said he found it difficult to accept the way Johnson had decided to steer Skywalker having lived with the character sinceA New Hopein

New filmThe Rise of Skywalkerhas split fans down the middle, with some disliking the way Abrams has ignored several plot points presented inThe Last Jedi.

One critic of the previous film, though, is lead star John Boyega, who said he thinks the film “Could have done better” by his character Fin.

Meanwhile, actor Jake Cannavale (tore intoEpisode IX, which was released last week, despite appearing inStar Warsspin-off seriesThe Mandalorian. He called the film “an absolute failure”.

Find a rundown of every cameo in the film here.

                                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                                                              

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