Rian Johnson defended Star Wars: The Last Jedi of popular criticism.
The director took over the reins of the franchise after JJ Abrams the force awakens and, while the film has a fervent fanbase and has been critically acclaimed, there is a contingent of diehard Star Wars fans who maintain their dislike for it.
Johnson has repeatedly faced criticism since its 2017 release, and he did it again when discussing the film in a new interview.
The director, whose Knives out following, Glass Onionwas released on Netflix on Friday, December 23, defended its use of comedy in The Last Jedi.
A scene in the film sees General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson) attempt to scare Po Dameron (Oscar Isaac) by telling him over the intercom that he is “doomed”. However, after a pause, Po jokes, “OK, I’ll hold on.”
While Star Wars purists found this scene out of place in the franchise, Johnson disagreed, calling it “essentially Star Wars.”
“To me, everything about the movie is Star Wars, and everything about the movie, I can trace deeply, in a deep way, what Star Wars is to me,” he said. QG. “Everyone has a different point of view”
He continued, “I know there are Star Wars fans who kind of think Star Wars was a serious thing, like the Batman movies or something. I was so young that when I look at The Empire Strikes Backit had this deep, deep impact on me, because it was terrifying, because I was just young enough not to experience it like watching a Star Wars movie, but to feel too real.
Johnson used a Return of the Jedi scene as an example, stating, “Anyone who thinks goofy humor has no place in the Star Wars universe, I don’t know if they’ve seen Return of the Jedi.
He also cited a moment from the first film, released in 1976, to back up his point.
“Even in the first movie, they’re in the middle of the Death Star and they try to make this desperate bet to get away with their lives and save the princess, where they pretend Chewbacca is their prisoner. The little one Imperial droid arrives, Chewbacca roars and the droid, like a frightened dog, howls and walks away.
He added: “The slightly self-aware element of cheerful humor is an integral part of Star Wars. That’s not the whole thing – we also get very serious in the film, and I think that cheeky balance of those stuff is also part of Star Wars.
Glass onion: a tale at loggerheads will be available to stream on Netflix starting Friday, December 23. To find The IndependentThe review here.