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The Star Wars franchise is in a fascinating place right now, and fan excitement is palpable. In addition to the release of The Mandalorian on Disney+ (and the adoration of Baby Yoda), we're mere days away from the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. J.J. Abrams' upcoming blockbuster will end the nine-film story that began with A New Hope, so the pressure is on. It's also the follow-up to The Last Jedi, the most divisive entry in the franchise. And now John Boyega has opened up about feeling "iffy" about Rian Johnson's previous installment.
John Boyega's Finn is one of the new heroes in the current trilogy, leading the cast alongside Daisy Ridley and Oscar Isaac. Finn spent The Last Jedi on a side mission with Rose Tico, and it seems he wasn't really happy with that narrative choice. He recently spoke to his concerns, saying:
Rian Johnson's bold narrative choices weren't only divisive among the fans, but among the cast of The Last Jedi itself. Mark Hamill has been open about his concerns regarding Luke's story, and now it seems that John Boyega spoke to the legendary actor about his own concerns.
John Boyega's comments to Hype Beast aren't especially specific about what John Boyega disliked about The Last Jedi, but it was at least partly due to the starring cast being separated. Rian Johnson put the trio of heroes on their own adventures, resulting in three very different stories. Rey attempted to bring Luke back to The Resistance, Poe staged a mutiny, and Finn traveled to Canto Bight in search of a hacker. The separation was so severe that Poe and Rey met for the very first time in the final scene.
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Of course, this might not be the only issue John Boyega had with The Last Jedi. He mentions not agreeing with "a lot of the choices", that were made for Episode VII, so he could be referencing any number of twists. Snoke was unceremoniously killed, while Rey's parentage was given an anticlimactic answer. Then there was the handling of Luke, as the franchise's hero was transformed into a jaded recluse. Plus, there's his ultimate fate and death.
The pressure is on for J.J. Abrams to deliver, although the cast seems happy with how the franchise ended. Luckily, all of our questions about the blockbuster will soon be over.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will arrive in theaters on December 20th. In the meantime, check out our 2020 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.
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