Even Mark Hamill has said on the record that he initially disagreed sharply with what Rian Johnson had written for him.
Luke had hidden himself away on Ahch-To, and was only tracked down after extensive effort by the Resistance.
Warning: spoilers for Star Wars Episode 8 ahead.
But by the end the new movie, Luke had still not left the planet, and he was seen dying – or, at least, becoming one with the Force in the same fashion as Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda before him.
He had been adamant until that point that the Jedi should come to an end altogether, and with many fans claiming that such a storyline did not fit with the heroic Luke of the initial trilogy, Reddit user highground_66 has formulated a solid reason for why he would have had such an attitude: hope – or lack thereof.
In the initial trilogy and the prequels, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda were distraught and forever changed after Anakin Skywalker became Darth Vader, but they knew that there was hope for the future in the form of his children; Luke and Leia.
But in the new trilogy – as far as we know, anyway – the First Order is looming and, as far as Luke is aware, there is no hope for the future.
highground_66 wrote: “I will keep it short and sweet. Both Luke and Kenobi/Yoda experienced a traumatic Jedi purge. Both felt some guilt for Kylo/Vader.
“I want to say that the only reason the old Jedi behaved arguably more heroically than Luke is because they had hope for the future (Vader’s children. If Ben knocked anyone up Luke might have made his exile a little less permanent).”
By the end of the movie, Luke appears to have changed his stance that “it’s time for the Jedi to end” – instead realising that Rey (Daisy Ridley) could save them all.
But before then, he seems resigned and unmotivated.
Hamill has, incidentally, backtracked on his criticisms, saying on Twitter: “I regret voicing my doubts & insecurities in public.
“Creative differences are a common element of any project but usually remain private.
“All I wanted was to make good movie. I got more than that — [director Rian Johnson] made an all-time GREAT one!”
Star Wars 8: The Last Jedi is out now.
Published at Thu, 04 Jan 2018 14:10:00 +0000