An impressive element of Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi is the way in which this movie had connected to the original trilogy of Star Wars movies but also its prequels. During an IMAX Q&A event, Johnson had confirmed that an emotional moment for Kylo Ren had been inspired by a scene in Revenge of the Sith.
When a fan had asked about Kylo’s emotions when he saw the Millennium Falcon fly off as he held Han Solo’s dice, Johnson had joked, “That is such a great question. Will you be mad if I said that it’s such a great question, I don’t want to answer it?”
“Only because I think that’s such a beautiful notion of ‘what does he regret at that moment,’ it’s the same way I think about in Revenge of the Sith, that mask is coming down, that beautiful shot of Anakin’s eyes right before it goes over and you see that glimpse of… Is it fear? Is it regret? What is it? What is going through his mind at that moment?” the filmmaker elaborated. “That’s that kind of moment for Ben, and I don’t want to put that moment in your guys’ head. I feel like that’s a moment that everyone should read into themselves. But just posing that question is really beautiful.”
Johnson had shared that he watched the prequels a lot:
“I watched the prequels a lot actually, and that goes for the writing and while we were in prep. I think partially because the original trilogy was the ones that I know by heart, shot for shot,” Johnson had said.
“The prequels – I knew them really well, but I saw them less so I kind of wanted to steep myself in that visual language a lot more before I got into it. ”
He added, “The notion of finding echoes, not just in the original trilogy but also in the prequel trilogy felt like just a really rich well to draw from. So I kept the original trilogy and also the prequels just on my iPad that I had with me all the time, and at night I would just put it on in a random spot and watch pieces of it.”
The Last Jedi is now showing in theaters.