Rian Johnson Discusses the Use of The Force and its Evolution in THE LAST JEDI
Rian Johnson is being asked for a million explanations now that Star Wars: The Last Jedi has come to theaters. In a recent interview with the LA Times, he was asked some questions about how the Force was used in the movie. I don’t think I should have to say it at this point, but SPOILERS are ahead! Read only if you’ve seen the movie or don’t care about spoilers.
Some fans are complaining about some of the things people are able to do with the Force in The Last Jedi. However, Johnson addresses a lot of the items that fans are struggling with so we’re going to do our best to break this down. After all, doesn't the man deserve to have his voice be heard?
What’s up with this Force connection Snoke created for Rey and Kylo? I actually don’t have a huge problem with it since we get a hint of something similar at the end of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back between Luke and Darth Vader, not to mention that a Force connection is a huge part of both Knights of the Old Republic games. Here’s what Johnson had to say about why it’s in this film:
Can a Force ghost really interact with the real world? I say why not. Johnson’s response was the following:
Now we’re getting to the big ones. You can’t use the Force to project yourself lightyears away! Well, why not? If a Force connection can do it between two people, why couldn’t a more trained Jedi do that on a larger scale? In other words:
This last one left a bit of a bad taste in my mouth for a while after watching the movie. “The Force can’t protect you from the vacuum of space,” you say. At 2 AM last Friday I would’ve agreed with you. However, what is Johnson’s explanation for this bold move?
I think these are all fair points. Even if you don’t agree with the choices, I think we should consider something Johnson said early on in the interview:
Do these explanations help ease your minds? Do you have a better explanation? The rest of the interview offers more insight, such as info on Han’s dice, and Snoke so go give it a read.