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Star Wars: The Last Jedi has been available to see at cinemas across the world for some time now. Since its premiere, it has received critical acclaim and the film is a financial juggernaut. Indeed, it has already made around $843 million at the worldwide box office. The film has, for the most part, also been a hit with audiences. Indeed, it received an ‘A’ from CinemaScore which meant that most of the general audience liked the film. Additionally, it is the same grade given to Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Yet, like The Force Awakens and Rogue One, a small section of the audience does not like the film. In fact, some outright hate The Last Jedi to such an extent that a petition was created to remove it from existence as far as Star Wars canon is concerned. Moreover, comments made by Mark Hamill regarding how he initially had concerns about the direction Rian Johnson took with Luke Skywalker in The Last Jedi were twisted by these Star Wars “fans”. As far as I can see it, this was done purely to fit their own agenda against the film.
Mark Hamill Sets The Record Straight
Now, Mark Hamill has had his say on the matter. On Twitter, he made this statement about his past comments and how he has come to view the film Rian Johnson made:
I regret voicing my doubts & insecurities in public.Creative differences are a common element of any project but usually remain private. All I wanted was to make good movie. I got more than that- @rianjohnson made an all-time GREAT one! #HumbledHamill https://t.co/8ujJfBuEdV
— @HamillHimself (@HamillHimself) December 26, 2017
I am glad that Mark Hamill has put this whole matter to rest. What he said in this tweet is consistent with what he has said in the past about The Last Jedi. However, some people have just used the part where he said he had early doubts and disregarded everything else just to fit their own arguments. Now, we can put this issue to bed.
This is great because, to be honest, I was getting sick of it the whole thing. Did Mark Hamill have initial creative differences with Rian Johnson? Yes, very likely. Still, as Mark said in his tweet, creative differences happen on the majority of film sets. The only difference in this regard is that it was made public knowledge. Moreover, it was scrutinised to such a degree that it became a toxic issue within the Star Wars community.
Luke Skywalker In The Last Jedi
Certainly, we can all agree that Luke Skywalker is a character that is sacred to many. Whatever way he was handled in The Last Jedi was bound to upset a few people. Myself, I am glad that, whatever concerns Mark Hamill originally had about the direction Luke Skywalker was set to take in The Last Jedi, they did not compromise Rian Johnson’s vision for the character.
For me, the way Luke Skywalker was handled in The Last Jedi was bold, outstanding and perfect. Yes, perfect. I would not have changed one thing when it came to both the brilliant performance Mark Hamill gave and the direction, role and mental state of Luke Skywalker in the film. That is as much as I will say for now because, with any luck, my review of The Last Jedi will be done soon. Hence, you can hopefully read more about how much I loved The Last Jedi in the near future.
Thank you for reading this article! You can find my other articles here on Soapbox as well as my reviews which you can also find at my blog theturnertalks.com.