All These New 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Details Are...Concerning
Everything sounds a bit familiar.
BY Matt Miller | Aug 10, 2017 | Film & TV
Today, Entertainment Weekly released its big Star Wars: The Last Jedi cover story, which unveils a number of new characters and other details about the upcoming eighth movie in the franchise. Certainly, we can't judge the movie until it comes out, but some of these new details sound a bit, well, familiar.
The biggest critique of Star Wars: The Force Awakens was its stunning similarities to Star Wars: A New Hope. An orphan on a desert planet is swept up into an intergalactic war by an old mentor, who dies at the end. Oh, and they also destroy what's basically another Death Star.
As for the next film, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, these new details vaguely describe the outline as such: Our hero goes to a remote planet to train with a reclusive Jedi master while the hero's companions—new champions of the rebels—travel to a fantastic city along their path to fight the bad guys. Hmmm, sound familiar?
Yes, that's right. Like The Empire Strikes Back, Rey travels to a remote island, where, for some reason, Luke is in hiding from the rest of the universe. He's become a hermit in isolation after one of his prized pupils turned to the dark side. Oh there's also some cuddly little aliens on that planet, which are definitely not Ewoks (more like Return of the Jedi, but still).
Look at that stupid thing!
Meanwhile, Finn has become a hero within the Resistance, and even though he wants to get away from this whole war (like another reluctant hero who was trying to escape Hoth), he will travel to a bustling metropolis (not Cloud City) while helping the Resistance.
Oh, also it'll have a big twist.
All of this sounds a lot like some other Star Wars movies, but director Rian Johnson says it's somehow unintentional.
"I just tried to kind of ignore that aspect of it and have the story take the shape that it needed to," Johnson told Entertainment Weekly. "But look, Rey is off in a remote location with a Jedi master, and the Resistance is in a tough spot, and we're intercutting those stories. By its very nature, there are some structural parallels. But these are new characters, they're dealing with new things, and that ultimately is what defines the movie. So I think that's going to be unique."
Now, it's very possible that Johnson has never seen The Empire Strikes Back or Return of the Jedi and these similarities are purely coincidental.
Or, more likely, because of the stifling creative restrictions placed on the movies in this franchise by Lucasfilm, he's been forced to recreate a similar formula that will appease fans and appeal to their nostalgia. And that's fine! People will love it. It'll make a ton of money, but it's not exactly going to be a new movie in the Star Wars saga. Just a mildly comfortable reboot of a thing we already love. Such is the state of art in 2017.
From: Esquire US