Rian Johnson, director of The Last Jedi, decided to weigh in on the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story, most probably from having seen an early cut. Johnson spoke with comicbook.com at the AARP Movies for Grownups Awards and had this to say about the SuperBowl teaser trailer:
I knew it was coming, but I was still… I was clicking, clicking, clicking, ‘yeah, yeah!’ And I think it looks so beautiful. I can’t wait for people to see more of the film – it’s so fun, it’s so funny. The cast is so charismatic, and I think they all just did a great job with it.
He even went on to talk about his future involvement with the franchise given that Disney announced that he will be directing a trilogy of his own that will further explore the Star Wars universe outside of the Skywalker saga.
We’ll see. We’re still figuring out what the timing of the next trilogy is going to be. If I can sneak another one in before it, I definitely will,” Johnson said. “I’m chomping at the bit to get started on the new trilogy. I also have a bunch of ideas that I had from before this movie came around and so if I can get one of those out quickly, I’ll definitely try and do it.
Just a normal day in lala land one might say. One director shares his opinion on a film closely related to his work and also speaks about future projects. Yes?
Well… no. After being inexplicably attacked upon the release of The Last Jedi, with the backlash causing an abrupt drop to ticket sales worldwide and probably being the reason for Chinese theaters to drop the film after just two weeks of screening.
Rian Johnson seems to be a persona non grata amongst Star Wars fans. The aforementioned article, along with every reproduction of it, is met with a barrage of negative comments, just like anything Johnson has to say on any matter related to TLJ or Star Wars. People are so displeased with Johnson and how he “ruined” the Star Wars franchise that they don’t even think that he has a right to express himself on anything regarding their beloved films.
Do I agree with them? Most certainly not!
The Last Jedi was a pleasant move away from the past, closing more than one “door” at a time. The Force Awakens did the same by killing off Han Solo but left it at that. JJ Abrams played it safe in that respect. Johnson threw caution to the wind and flipped the franchise on its head. You would think that changing up a 40-year-old franchise would be a good thing, but apparently, people are not susceptible to change. Especially die-hard geeks.
Among others, you’ve got experts on the Force explaining how things that the protagonists did in the film are not realistic along the lines of the power and its ways are an exact science and not a fictional invention. You’ve got people complaining about the lack of backstory on Snoke and how he was killed off before we had a chance to fully explore his character. Newsflash, no one knew who the Emperor was before he was thrown down a shaft in the Death Star by Vader, not up until the prequel trilogy and Darth Maul had a grand total of 6 minutes of screen time and no backstory whatsoever.
The side story in Canto Bight was completely unnecessary they say when in truth it leads to the conclusion that the Resistance spark has been lit. Without it, there would be no continuance of the resistance. Speaking of unnecessary side stories the podrace on Tatooine doesn’t seem to bother as much anymore.
They also felt that the officers in TLJ were incompetent. In comparison to Officer Kendal Ozzel who was Force choked by Vader for his incompetence or the hundreds of highly trained stormtroopers that can’t shoot straight?
I could probably go on nit-picking every minor or major complaint and peeve of the abundance of self-proclaimed Star Wars advocates and experts, but I’d much rather enjoy the franchise with faults, plot holes and all. Hopefully, all these naysayers will do the same.
More so, I would like to thank Rian Johnson for his work on The Last Jedi and will look forward to his Star Wars trilogy.
Who else is looking forward to Rian Johnson’s trilogy? Share your thoughts in the comments!