You’d imagine that after directing Star Wars: The Last Jedi, one of the most critically acclaimed and financially successful Star Wars movies of all-time, Rian Johnson would be able to kick back a bit and rest on his laurels. Well, apparently not. Faced with a torrent of criticism from fans annoyed that the film didn’t fit in with their idea of what a Star Wars movie ‘should’ be, he’s been manning the barricades on Twitter and doling out some pretty hilarious responses.
It was just the other day that he was dealing with some deluded loser releasing a fan cut that practically removed all women from the film, and his response – “hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha” – hit the nail on the head. Now, he’s dealing with criticism that Luke’s force projection power shown during the finale of The Last Jedi was just something he pulled out of his ass. To answer this, it’s time to take a trip to the Johnson library, which you can do via the gallery below.
I think that pretty conclusively puts this argument to bed, don’t you?
Incidentally, the book Johnson’s referencing is Star Wars: The Jedi Path, written by Daniel Wallace and published in 2010. It bills itself as “an ancient training manual that has educated and enlightened generations of Jedi. Within its pages, the Jedi-in training will discover the history and lore of the Jedi Order, the ways of the Force and how to wield it, the subtle nuances of lightsaber combat, and the dangers of the Dark Side.” Man, how did I not know there was an official Jedi training manual out there to buy?
On a more serious note, this stuff underlines how much care Rian Johnson put into The Last Jedi. He’s repeatedly shown that he’s a huge Star Wars geek, eventually producing a film that respects the iconic elements of the franchise but refuses to get wrapped up in nostalgia. And, even better, he’s now dotted his canon ‘i’s and crossed his lore ‘t’s. Seriously, what more could you ask for?