‘Star Wars’ Fans Thank Rian Johnson: Here Are the Most Touching Tweets

by Jeremy Spirogis
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#thankyourianjohnson trended on Twitter on April 6, 2020. The Rian Johnson gratitude hashtag first trended on December 23, 2019, shortly after Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker got here out. Fans of Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi thanked him for his contributions to the franchise, after discovering disappointment in J.J. Abrams’ sequel. 

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Rian Johnson | Lucasfilm Ltd.

Enough followers tweeted #thankyourianjohnson to get it trending once more on April 6. Here are among the most touching tweets of the newest spherical.

Fans appreciated Rian Johnson’s consideration to feminine characters in ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

This mother praised The Last Jedi’s worth to herself and her daughters. “#thankyourianjohnson for making my daughters and I really feel not simply welcome, however seen and valued as Star Wars followers,” she wrote. “It was wonderful while it lasted.”

Kelly Marie Tran | Jonathan Olley/Lucasfilm Ltd.

This user appreciated the company Johnson gave Rey (Daisy Ridley) in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. “#thankyourianjohnson for making a beautiful film that doesn’t pander to the needs of fanboys and shows that Rey is not a ‘vessel for Luke and Leia’ but her own person that is strong while still being allowed to show her emotions and not just a pure being to replace Ben,” she wrote.

This user thanked Johnson for creating new authentic feminine Star Wars characters. “#thankyourianjohnson for introducing us characters such as Rose Tico & Admiral Amilyn Holdo,” @StarkillersAlley wrote. “And for creating a friendship between Leia and Holdo.”

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Laura Dern | David James/Lucasfilm Ltd.

This user wrote, “#thankyourianjohnson for making me really feel like Star Wars is for women too.”

‘Star Wars’ followers thanked Rian Johnson for bringing vulnerability to ‘The Last Jedi’

Star Wars isn’t all about lightsabers and house ships. These followers appreciated the emotional depth Johnson delivered to The Last Jedi.

This user thanked Johnson for letting Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) be weak. “#thankyourianjohnson for making Ben destroy his mask, for treating him as a human being and not a machine,” @driverridleysolo wrote. “Ben’s conflict and vulnerability was portrayed perfectly.”

Adam Driver | Film Frame/Lucasfilm Ltd.

This user felt for Kylo. “#thankyourianjohnson for giving Ben Solo a personality,” @TaylorisaReylo wrote. “He’s not some monster; he’s a victim and you showed us that.”

This user wrote, “#thankyourianjohnson for showing us that it is okay to be vulnerable and that no matter what happens we are never alone.”

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Mark Hamill | John Wilson/Lucasfilm Ltd.

This user appreciated Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill)’s vulnerability too. “#thankyourianjohnson for giving him depth, making him human, and giving him the most real, beautiful, and heroic ending we could possibly have hoped for,” she wrote.

These followers thanked Rian Johnson for transferring ‘Star Wars’ ahead

Some of Johnson’s selections in The Last Jedi have been controversial amongst Star Wars followers. Luke Skywalker as a disgruntled recluse betrayed some. Kylo’s reveal about Rey’s mother and father was a sticking level too. If you favored these developments, it was disappointing that The Rise of Skywalker undid all of them.

This user thanked Johnson for escaping the shackles of the franchise’s previous. “#thankyourianjohnson” for not being afraid of what Star Wars can grow to be,” @lastcrusadeleft wrote.

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Rian Johnson directs Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca | David James/Lucasfilm Ltd.

This user quoted Yoda. “‘We are what they grow beyond.’ #thankyourianjohnson,” @chasingnexus wrote. 

This user acknowledged that even when quoting the unique trilogy Finn (John Boyega)’s line, “rebel scum,” Johnson gave it new which means. “#thankyourianjohnson for showing us how a nod to the Original Trilogy could be used to help perfectly define a new character’s journey,” @SteelyM23 wrote.

‘Star Wars’ followers thanked him for high quality filmmaking

Some followers simply appreciated the standard of filmmaking Johnson delivered to Star Wars

This user wrote, “#thankyourianjohnson for doing the work, caring about the universe, and creating a film with conviction. You can tell tlj was created by considering the motivations of the characters, not how to pander to an audience.”

This user complimented his technical achievements. “#thankyourianjohnson for the masterpiece you created,” @driverridleysolo wrote. “The last jedi has the most beautiful cinematography.”

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