‘The Last Jedi’ Proves Luke Skywalker Didn’t Act Out of Character At All

by Jeremy Spirogis
Mark Hamill

Once upon a time, Han Solo bought all the nice Star Wars controversies. First, there have been individuals questioning if he would survive the carbon freeze of The Empire Strikes Back. Then there was George Lucas not killing him off in Return of the Jedi regardless of Harrison Ford’s needs. Then there was, in fact, “Han Shot First!”

For some time, Luke Skywalker stayed comparatively controversy-free — at the very least till The Last Jedi got here alongside. Many followers have been up in arms about writer-director Rian Johnson turning Luke right into a grumpy previous man who didn’t save the day till the third act required him to do it. However, some followers assume Luke by no means broke character in any respect. 

What was Luke Skywalker’s arc? 

Mark Hamill
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In some ways, Luke Skywalker was the traditional hero story — he’s the slightly naive younger man whose life arms him a nasty hand, however he needs to do the proper factor.

The Empire burned his aunt and uncle to dying, so he felt responsibility sure to comply with Obi-Wan Kenobi on his rescue mission: “There’s nothing here (on Tatooine) now. I want to learn the ways of the Force and become a Jedi like my father.”

So he goes off to try this in Empire Strikes Back however appropriately senses his mates are in peril. Despite Yoda and Obi-Wan’s urgings on the contrary, he chooses to face Darth Vader and will get the shock of his life. Humbled, he nonetheless forges forward along with his plan to avoid wasting Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt and to avoid wasting his father from the clutches of the Emperor. 

So after being absent for nearly all of The Force Awakens, in The Last Jedi, the very first thing he does is toss his previous lightsaber apart and inform Rey that he refuses to avoid wasting the day.

“I came here to die,” he says in a guttural voice.

Fans didn’t imagine that the “real” Luke Skywalker would wallow in self-pity this fashion, and that grew to become one of many main sticking factors in opposition to The Last Jedi for a lot of followers. 

Was Luke in character in any case? 

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On Reddit, some followers have began to say that possibly Episode VII didn’t actually betray Luke in any case. One fan posted an image evaluating Luke’s actions in Return of the Jedi versus The Last Jedi.

One set of pictures confirmed him “aggressively trying to kill relative” in Return of the Jedi earlier than stopping himself. Another set of pictures confirmed him “hesitantly (trying to)  kill relative” (Kylo Ren) earlier than stopping himself. The implication right here is that Last Jedi Luke isn’t all that totally different from Return of the Jedi Luke. 

One fan writes, “There’s an enormous a part of the Fandom that wished Luke to indicate up within the sequels and be a prequel Jedi. The prequels spent three movies and the complete clone wars sequence explaining to us how the jedi have been damaged and flawed. In Empire Yoda teaches Luke precisely how the Jedi ought to be. Luke tries to do it his means and fails spectacularly.

“Between Jedi and TFA Luke makes an attempt to coach the brand new Jedi just like the Prequel Jedi. He fails spectacularly. In TLJ Yoda returns to remind Luke how the Jedi ought to be, and Luke pulls off a victory in a no-win state of affairs that follows Yoda’s teachings to the letter. That’s Luke’s character arc.”

What did Mark Hamill need to say about all this?

Although followers railed in opposition to Rian Johnson for the way he portrayed Luke, the filmmaker insisted he didn’t remorse his decisions, even after the fan backlash. He advised one fan, “I understand that point of view (that Luke should have sprung into action) but I completely disagree with it. In fact I think it disrespects the character of Luke by treating him not as a true mythic hero overcoming recurring wounds & flaws, but as a video game character who has achieved a binary, permanent power-up.”

For his half, Mark Hamill stated he initially bristled at Luke’s portrayal within the script.

A Vanity Fair piece quoted him as saying “I told Rian, ‘I fundamentally disagree with virtually everything you’ve decided about my character.’”

However, he later softened his stance. Now it looks as if some followers are doing the identical. 

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