Our spoiler-filled review for STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI is on it’s way. Promise! And part of it will delve into some of the weird and wonderful additions to the franchise that director Rian Johnson has added.
One such moment is when Luke Skywalker faces off against his former apprentice (and all round bad-egg) Kylo Ren confronts him on the salty land of Crait. On first viewing we were slightly perplexed as to why he looked younger than the Ahch-to Luke but when Ren never lands a blow on him or connects in any way we started to cotton on to his cunning force-projected ruse! Also, it was a midnight screening and we’d had a blummin’ long day!
So, why didn’t director Rian Johnson show the force-projected Luke as the blue-milk drinking hermit from Ahch-to as that would have made sense huh? Also, wouldn’t Kylo Ren notice that he was wielding a light saber that he and Ren (in one of the whole franchises best sequences) had just split in half? Well, the director himself had the following to say.
“The truth is, we see the lightsaber split in half [but] Kylo sees a blinding flash of light and is knocked unconscious, and then Rey takes the lightsaber away before he wakes up. So if you really want to dig into it and get an explanation, you can say that he doesn’t 100 percent know what happened to the lightsaber. [Luke] is basically tailoring this projection to have maximum effect on Kylo. He knows that Kylo’s Achilles heel is his rage, and so that’s why he kind of makes himself look younger, the way Kylo would’ve last seen him in their confrontation at the temple, and that’s why he decided to bring Kylo’s grandfather’s lightsaber down there; the lightsaber that Kylo screamed at Rey, ‘That’s mine, that belongs to me’.”
To be fair most people would probably have realised that Luke wasn’t really there on Crait. However, how awesome is it that little details such as Luke not making a mark in the salty ground like Ren does whilst fighting are there as visual clues? Also, doesn’t it make it an even more cunning way for Luke to help the resistance escape by manipulating the childish rage of Kylo Ren’s character to full effect?