‘The Last Jedi’ is not the first divisive piece of media Rian Johnson has directed. Breaking Bad’s ‘The Fly’ was a bottle episode released in the midst of the third season, bringing a halt to the show’s main plot. Instead, Rian utilizes symbolism and unconventional directing techniques to reflect on Walter White’s state of mind. This heavy use of meta storytelling and symbolism evokes our own theories on how Rian approached The Last Jedi.
Written by Josey
There are two commonly-held perceptions about the Sequel Trilogy we’ve seen in the fandom:
One, that Rian Johnson was – and JJ Abrams thus will be – allowed to do whatever he wanted with his installment of the trilogy, including retconning established movie canon; and
Two, that anything “The Powers That Be” say on social media should be taken as the literal truth.
The audio commentary for The Last Jedi has been released, and with it comes some interesting tidbits from Rian Johnson. While the majority of the commentary focuses on the making of the movie rather than the content of the film itself, I’ve compiled what I think are some of the most noteworthy parts, transcripted the quotes, and added timestamps. (Some quotes are edited for clarity.)
One of our readers asked a question I’ve been thinking about lately and is worth answering here:
Do you think you would appreciate TLJ more if Rian confirmed that your case for Rey Skywalker was his intention all along?
My reply after the jump.
After watching The Last Jedi again after its home release, I’ve realized that the Third Lesson is essentially the theme of the movie as a whole. The lesson involves fighting for the galaxy as a whole, and not making family your bottom-line motivator. It’s a battle between Luke and Kylo Ren to turn Rey to one end or the other, and Rey represents the audience. The Third Lesson was not only taught to Rey, but it was taught to us as the viewers.
I completely overlooked this really simple piece of symbolism:
Written by Robotical712
A common criticism of our analysis is that it reads too much into the dialog and visuals of The Last Jedi. However, a perusal of Rian’s commentary on other movies and his own shows he really does approach film from a very abstract level.