Now, writer-director Rian Johnson has a response: He took the risks in order to pay homage to George Lucas’ original trilogy — it’s all about moving the story forward.
Johnson discussed the film on an episode of the podcast “Creative Processing with Joseph Gordon-Levitt” released this week.
“I think the instant you start thinking in terms of how do you not step outside of the bounds of what the original movies did, you’re not thinking the way the people who made the original movies did,” he said. “With every movie, they were pushing it forward, with every movie they were stepping outside those bounds and pushing the characters into new, emotionally honest, but surprising places.
“That’s why those movies are great.