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Star Wars: The Last Jedi has been in cinemas for over six weeks now. So far, it has made over $1.3 billion at the worldwide box office. That is a phenomenal achievement. However, some Star Wars fans did not like the film. I find that to be bizarre seeing as, for me, The Last Jedi is my second favourite Star Wars film ever made. I loved what Rian Johnson did in that film.
Now, in an exclusive Q&A at Collider’s IMAX screening of The Last Jedi, Rian Johnson has given some answers about the decision not to include a funeral scene for Han Solo in the film. Solo was killed by his son Ben Solo, i.e. Kylo Ren, in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. For some fans, giving this beloved character a farewell within The Last Jedi was a necessary thing to do.
Rian Johnson’s Comments on Han Solo Funeral
Well, Rian Johnson did not feel the same way. Here is what he had to say on the matter:
“[There was no debate of showing Han Solo’s funeral], just because pacing-wise it didn’t have a place. It’s tough in Star Wars because I always think about the mourning that Luke gives to Ben’s death, which is all of four-and-a-half seconds before, ‘Come on kid we’re not out of this yet’ and then boom, you’re into ‘Yay, woo-hoo! Don’t get cocky!’ There’s the moment for it, but it’s not long. We don’t have time for our sorrows, commanders. That’s kind of the thing of Star Wars; you don’t really linger on grief because you’re moving forward”.
I fully agree with the decision to not include a funeral scene for Han Solo in The Last Jedi. For one, it is in keeping with what has similarly happened in previous Star Wars films as Rian Johnson clearly stated above. Also, a funeral scene would ruin the momentum of The Last Jedi. It would not organically fit anywhere in the story that was told by Rian Johnson.
More importantly, within the events of the film, when is time available for it? The Resistance, under the command of Leia, are in a war. They are in a desperate situation to hold off the seemingly unstoppable rise of The First Order. Why would they stop to hold a funeral? It would be a waste of time in the grand scheme of things. They can mourn for Han and all the others they have lost when the war is won.
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