Star Wars The Last Jedi: Prime Video Facebook Q&A With Rian Johnson
Prime Video held a live Facebook chat yesterday, and fans fired away questions at Rian Johnson, director of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Johnson spoke about the new documentary that is one of the headline features that’s included in the film’s home video release, shared thoughts about working with his childhood heroes, described how he views the entire Star Wars saga, expanded upon the character dynamics between Rey and Kylo, spoke about why Luke turned off the Force, and revealed details about a soundtrack only version of the film. Read on for more!
While promoting the new digital, Blu-ray, and 4K UHD release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, director Rian Johnson sat down with Prime Video to answer questions from fans who want to know more details about the blockbuster hit film. Johnson was at the annual South by Southwest film festival where a documentary about his film’s creation (titled “The Director and the Jedi”) was shown. The revealing documentary will be included in The Last Jedi‘s upcoming video release.
Here’s a detailed transcribe of some of the highlights from the Q&A video.
On the process of how the latest documentary for the film came together:
“When we were thinking about doing this (the documentary), we knew we had to have a behind-the-scenes person on the set” Johnson said. “We didn’t want to just have somebody getting just random shots that we would use to put together a big promo at the end. We wanted to really find a filmmaker that was going to capture what it felt like on the set and take you inside the process a little deeper than you sometimes get with behind-the-scenes docs”
On working with his childhood heroes:
It was terrifying, it was so scary” Johnson said. “Getting to work with them, getting to become friends, getting to have a tight in the trenches relationship with them for these six months was crazy enough” Johnson added. “To have it captured on film and put up so plainly to see, it’s a trip”
On how he views the Star Wars Saga:
“Each one of these trilogies stands pretty much on its own” Johnson said. (He went on to clarify that he’s speaking only as a fan for this particular view.) “For me the story of the original trilogy is a complete story, and then the story of the prequels is a complete story” Johnson added. “This trilogy is also now going to be its own complete story, it ties back into the original trilogy kind of the same way the prequels tied into to it”
On Kylo Ren and Rey’s relationship:
“To me it was one of the most fascinating relationships in The Force Awakens and that’s why I was immediately drawn to it” Johnson said. “It’s fascinating because they’re simultaneously opposites in terms of he’s darkside, she’s lightside” Johnson added. “At the same time they’re the same, at the same time they’re alone in the same way”
On the reason why Luke had to turn off the force:
“The reason for me that Luke had to turn off the Force was because of Leia” Johnson said. “If he had a connection to Leia, if he could see his sister suffering, if he could hear her calls for help, there’s no way he’d be able to do what he thinks he has to do – which is to stay on that island (Ach-to) for the good of the galaxy” Johnson added. “In this way he’s able finally able to do the thing he couldn’t do in Empire, which is the cut off the emotional, isolate himself into what he’s convinced himself is the right thing to do”
Johnson also said that there will be an upcoming John Willams’ “music only” (or technically, soundtrack only) audio track exclusive to members of Movies Anywhere. You can check out the part where he mentions the “music only” version of the film at the 11:30 mark.
“Basically, we did a mix where there is no dialogue, no sound effects, no backgrounds — nothing but the score just playing at a regular, perfect level,” Johnson said. “you can watch it like a silent film with just John’s score” Johnson added. “If you do this, it’s incredible, you see the nuance that he rides the emotion of the scenes with.”
Watch the entire Prime Video Q&A below:
Lucasfilm’s ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi‘ hits Digital HD today, and the Blu-ray release follows on March 27th.
May the force be with you….