There are those who think Rian Johnson’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is one of the greatest studio blockbusters of recent years, and then there are those who hate it with the fire of a thousand suns. Wherever you sit, there’s no doubt it’s been one of the most divisive films of the past decade – whether you’re a “Star Wars” fan or not.
Previously, actor Mark Hamill has spoken about his reservations regarding some of the choices made in the film. Now another actor has joined the fray, none other than Finn himself John Boyega. With the cast currently out doing press for “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” they’ve all been giving interviews and Boyega spoke with Hype Beast where he agreed with Hamill’s sentiments about having conflicting feelings regarding the second film:
“The Force Awakens I think was the beginning of something quite solid, The Last Jedi if I’m being honest I’d say that was feeling a bit iffy for me. I didn’t necessarily agree with a lot of the choices in that and that’s something that I spoke to Mark [Hamill] a lot about and we had conversations about it. And it was hard for all of us, because we were separated.
I guess the original Star Wars films there was much more of a trio feel where it was essentially about Luke’s journey, but Han and Leia there was a strong dynamic, which I think, I don’t know how quickly we’re going to be able to establish that longterm dynamic with Nine. But if it’s exploring that dynamic, then that would be cool.”
Since making his comments, social media has exploded in reaction and so it’s likely there’ll be a follow-up comment in the near future.
Boyega himself has seen all sorts of reactions to his work in recent years – between ‘Force Awakens’ and ‘Last Jedi’ he did “The Circle” which utterly bombed both critically and commercially, and “Detroit” which was praised but also bombed. He followed up ‘Last Jedi’ with “Pacific Rim Uprising” which was a dud with both critics and commercially even as Boyega himself was praised for his work in it.
The marketing for “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” has strongly played up the fact that Rey, Finn and Poe are together again for big swaths of this film as opposed to having their own separate storylines in ‘Last Jedi’.
“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” opens in cinemas December 20th.