Whether it’s Rey’s unremarkable parents or the death (?) of Luke Skywalker, it’s fair to say that The Last Jedi kicked up quite the fuss when it released back in December. Hell, there was even that online petition demanding that Rian Johnson’s sequel be struck from Star Wars canon. Now that’s divisive.
To his credit, Johnson has been pretty forthcoming about his creative decisions, and one need only look to The Director and the Jedi, a behind-the-scenes featurette detailing the director’s journey while creating Episode VIII, for evidence of that.
But even now, with the film far removed from its theatrical run, people are still finding things to complain about. Actually, it’s not so much complaining as it is nit-picking, but still, the point stands. And as you’ll see below, something that’s popped up quite recently is a pretty big continuity error during the scene in which Rey and Kylo Ren fight Snoke’s Praetorian Guards.
Take a look and see if you can spot it:
Choreographer: "but sir, as cool as it may look, if the red guard has two knives he could just stab Rey in the back"
Director: We'll just edit one out half way through the move, no one will notice.
FX Guy: Done. pic.twitter.com/5FbmvwoTr2
— Paul Blank (@TheLocalGod) April 3, 2018
See that? Yup, the guard Rey’s fighting has two knives and while he starts out with both in tact, one of them just disappears halfway through. Given that there are no cuts here, there’s no real reason for why it’s missing. Other than, of course, that it’s an error on the part of the filmmakers – and if he did still have both, he probably could have easily killed Rey.
While this does look a bit silly – no doubt – when it comes to a major production like The Last Jedi, it’s expected that there be at least a few mistakes along the way and as such, this really isn’t that big a deal. Still, that hasn’t stopped the haters from having a field day with it, with many taking to social media to poke fun at the movie and use this as more evidence of how it was sloppily made and an underwhelming entry into the beloved franchise. But you know what they say, right? Haters gonna hate.
Elsewhere on the Star Wars news cycle, Rian Johnson recently offered some insight into Finn’s role in The Last Jedi, and why many of his scenes ultimately wound up on the cutting room floor. As for Episode IX, it seems J.J. Abrams had initially mapped out a different vision for Rey’s parents prior to Episode VIII. Or so says Simon Pegg.