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It's officially one year since the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. What was at one point one of the most highly anticipated movies of the year became one of the most divisive films of the Star Wars franchise. People either loved it or hated it, but no matter what end of the spectrum you fell on, director Rian Johnson is proud of the film and thankful for everyone who saw and discussed it.
Some people hated it because certain plotlines resulted in dead ends and it failed to deliver on the mysteries built up by Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Everybody loved the tag team fight between Rey and Kylo Ren against the Praetorian Guard.
Whatever your reaction to The Last Jedi was, Rian Johnson is thankful for your involvement with the movie. The writer-director took to his Twitter to celebrate the 1-year anniversary of the sequel, writing that he was happy to have met so many passionate fans who clearly love the franchise. His movie inspired a lot of discussions, and Johnson seems to take pride in that fact.
The Last Jedi is certainly one of the most fascinating blockbusters over the last few years, both because of its content and the discussion around it. My personal opinion of the movie has cooled a bit over the last year. While I still think that it has some of the best pieces of any Star Wars movie (and I still love that Rey reveal), it falters in a lot of other areas.
We'll have to wait and see of Star Wars: Episode IX can inspire the same level of discussion. Rian Johnson is busy developing an all-new trilogy of Star Wars movies (not to mention his upcoming film, Knives Out), so J.J. Abrams is back as director. Abrams' Force Awakens was very much made to emulate nostalgia for Star Wars films, so it'll be interesting to see what he does with the pieces Johnson put in place for him.
Sadly, we'll be waiting a long time until to see that play out. Star Wars: Episode IX doesn't arrive for another YEAR. It releases in theaters on December 20, 2019. Until then, keep yourself pre-occupied with our 2019 movie release guide to help get you through the Star Wars drought.