One of many particular features of George Lucas’ unique Star Wars trilogy was the important thing perspective from which the story was informed. Whereas characters like Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia are actually the heroes within the story, an excessive amount of the narrative is pushed from the viewpoints of R2-D2 and C-3PO — arguably the bottom on the ensemble totem pole. It is a transfer that was taken from the playbook of Akira Kurosawa’s 1958 movie The Hidden Fortress — a film that closely impressed Lucas — however audiences undoubtedly should not put together for that to be a facet of the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi. As director Rian Johnson lately defined,
It is totally different. It was totally different in The Power Awakens, and it is totally different on this additionally. We do not fairly a lot the Hidden Fortress, form of worm’s-eye view of the story that we began with in these films. And with this… yeah, totally different story had totally different wants, so we’re rather more form of with our leads the entire time.
Together with the primary forged of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Rian Johnson participated in a press conference on the movie’s Los Angeles junket this previous weekend, and responded to a query in regards to the principal perspective within the story. Whereas the film actually does function quite a few key droid characters — together with not solely R2-D2 and C-3PO, but in addition BB-Eight and BB-9E — they won’t have the eyes from which we watch the story unfold.
Given every part that we count on to occur in Star Wars: The Final Jedi, this is not altogether stunning. The important thing characters launched in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Daisy Ridley’s Rey, John Boyega’s Finn, and Oscar Isaac’s Poe) all have huge arcs arrange within the sequel, and it is smart that they need to maintain their very own focus as their particular person tales are unfolding. We actually do not count on the droids to be sidelined fully, fairly the opposite the truth is, but it surely is smart that Rian Johnson would not use the identical Hidden Fortress affect that first impressed George Lucas again within the mid-1970s.
For these curious in regards to the films that Rian Johnson did watching in preparation for Star Wars: The Final Jedi, the excellent news is that he shared that record earlier this in accordance. Talking with Empire, he labeled Henry King’s Twelve O’Clock Excessive (for the look of the aerial battles), Hideo Gosha’s Three Outlaw Samurai (for swordfights), and Alfred Hitchcock’s To Catch A Thief (for “romantic scale and grandeur“). You probably have time between now and also you’re screening of the brand new Star Wars function, it is likely to be a superb, enjoyable thought to try to watch these three titles prematurely.