What Rian Johnson Does With 'The Last Jedi'
Yes, we know: Haters are indeed going to hate, etc. But for those of us who are not beholden to Star Wars as a religion – and for whom canon is not king – the idea that a filmmaker could integrate his vision and aesthetics into this franchise and still make what is 100-percent a Star Wars movie ... the concept was thrilling. And even we were not prepared for the way Rian Johnson both lightened and deepened the new trilogy with this entry. There are moments in this movie that made laugh out loud. There were scenes that had us on edge. There was a sensibility behind the decisions that felt bold, personal, unique and respectful without embalming the proceedings in spirit-of-'77 memories. There was life and urgency in these battles between good and evil. And that image of a ship silently warp-speeding into another vessel will haunt us for decades. You could tell the guy who made Looper made this movie. You could tell the you-know-what was strong with him.