Star Wars: The Last Jedi

The Last Jedi Doesn’t Care What You Think About Star Wars

But with Star Wars: The Last Jedi, director Rian Johnson wants to burn Star Wars to the ground. Not because he harbors ill will toward it, but because he loves it. He loves it so much that he wants to cleanse the garden and allow something fresh and new to grow. The Last Jedi is not concerned about what you, the moviegoer and fan, thinks about Star Wars. It wants to challenge you and make you question what Star Wars is and what it can be.

Rey’s Parents Reveal Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s Populism

“The Force does not belong to the Jedi,” Luke tells Rey during the period when he’s giving her a curious sort of training, one in which he seeks to teach rituals with the aim of proving them worthless. “To say that if the Jedi die, the light dies, is vanity.” Later, he claims that the legacy of the Jedi is failure and — more important — hypocrisy. These were people who thought they were better than everyone else and ended up creating mass murderers like Vader and Kylo. What’s more, he damns himself for thinking the Skywalkers were special. He speaks sarcastically of everyone’s veneration of “that mighty Skywalker blood,” perhaps in a moment of meta-textual commentary on Johnson’s behalf. “I failed because I was Luke Skywalker, Jedi Master; a legend,” he concludes. He engages in the kind of relentless and egalitarian self-criticism that would’ve made Mao proud.

Rey, Rose, and Revolution: The Last Jedi Review

Luke, Poe, Finn, and Kylo Ren all make similar chauvinistic mistakes in their stories. Each one is basing their actions off what they thought happened in the past, whether it’s through old rebellion heroes (Poe and Finn), or previous Jedi/Sith (Luke and Kylo Ren).... Our hero, Rey, however, is less susceptible to this chauvinism. This is largely due to her selflessness and focus on the Resistance as a whole. Luke disappoints Rey, but this doesn’t have the disastrous impact that it had on Ben Solo because Rey’s aim is understanding, not personal glory.

Star Wars, The Generations

Rian Johnson is a true representative of Generation X, a talented and gifted man whose singular voice has been muffled by the presence of aging giants taking up creative space around him.... At every turn, in this latest film, Rian brings to bear the judgmental eye of a somewhat cynical Generation-Xer– surprisingly, and pointedly, not just upon the self-serving fantasies of Baby Boomers, but on the inexperienced surety of the generation following his own, the Millennials.