Mark Hamill’s initial disagreement with The Last Jedi’s version of Luke Skywalker and Rian Johnson’s response to criticism of the film
Critics and some fans have been split in their responses to Star Wars: The Last Jedi. At the time of this writing, The Last Jedi has a 92% aggregate critics’ score on Rotten Tomatoes, giving it a “Certified Fresh” rating, but it has a 53% approval rating among users. The average audience score for the film is 3.2 out of 5.
Whatever you think about the film, star Mark Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker, expressed some thoughts on his initial disagreement about this version of Luke Skywalker. In a post from YouTube user JarJar Abrams, we see an interview with Mark Hamill talking about his thoughts about the character in The Last Jedi. You can watch the video below, which includes a discussion about Jedi never giving up. Hamill said, “Luke would never say that, I’m talking about the George Lucas Star Wars. This is the next generation of Star Wars. I almost had to think of Luke as another character. Maybe he’s Jake Skywalker, he’s not my Luke Skywalker.”
In addition, director Rian Johnson posted on Twitter about some fans’ negative reaction to the film, which you can see below. He said, “The goal is never to divide or make people upset, but I do think the conversations that are happening were going to have to happen at some point if sw is going to grow, move forward and stay vital.”
Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which received an A CinemaScore, was written and directed by Rian Johnson (Brick, Looper) and continues the storylines introduced in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, welcoming back cast members Mark Hamill, the late Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Lupita Nyong’o, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, and Andy Serkis. New cast members include Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro, Academy Award nominee Laura Dern, and newcomer Kelly Marie Tran. The sequel was produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman and executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin, and Tom Karnowski.
What are your thoughts on Star Wars: The Last Jedi? What do you think about the comments from Mark Hamill and Rian Johnson? Leave your thoughts in the comments.