It has been no secret that Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi has divided the Star Wars fandom in two. Few think that The Last Jedi is just what the series needed, while some people went on to say that the movie should be removed from the Star Wars Universe. In any case, The Last Jedi had Rian Johnson’s vision for the final trilogy, which the Star Wars 9 editors think, undid The Force Awakens.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker editors Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey think that The Force Awakens’ vision was changed by The Last Jedi. While The Rise of Skywalker director J.J. Abrams has said that The Last Jedi did not contradict The Force Awakens, his crew thinks otherwise. While on the podcast, Light the Fuse: A Mission: Impossible Podcast, Brandon and Markey talked about The Last Jedi and expressed their feelings towards the final trilogy. They said:
Brandon: “I feel very much like, in hindsight, that the trilogy, the last part of the trilogy, needed one vision.”
Markey: “I couldn’t agree more. It’s very strange to have the second film… consciously undo the storytelling of the first film. I’m sorry, that’s what it felt like.”
Johnson’s vision did not strike with everyone maybe because he wanted to add new elements to J.J. Abrams’ vision. While he wanted to keep the element of surprise, which can be clearly seen in Snoke’s death, these twists in no way negate Abrams’ The Force Awakens. It makes sense for Abrams to deliberately hide elements such as Rey’s parentage and Palpatine’s return to line with his vision for the sequel. But with Johnson taking over The Last Jedi, the director got full freedom to complete Abrams’ vision in his own way.
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