Star Wars: The Last Jedi - 39 Things We Learned From The Director's Commentary

"Ruining the magic."

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It's time to watch The Last Jedi again.

Star Wars Episode VIII is, depending upon where you live, either available now on DVD, Blu-ray, and digital download or is soon about to be, which means that the discussion around the film will be sparked into life once more (not that it ever really faded).

Whichever side of the fence you sit on the film - which has been the most divisive in the saga - one thing that can't be denied is that the vision is purely that of Rian Johnson, regardless of whether you think that's a good thing or not. He wrote the movie before The Force Awakens had even been released, and was given free reign to take things in whatever direction he wanted, without the need to open up J.J. Abrams' mystery boxes.

The subversion of expectations, prominence of humour, major deaths and more have been debated about endlessly, and now Johnson himself has had his say on the entire thing with his director's commentary. It was recorded before the movie was released, so it's not done in response to what anyone might think about the movie because he doesn't know, but it does provide a fascinating insight into its making and reveal a lot of interesting facts about how The Last Jedi came to be.


NCTJ-qualified journalist. Most definitely not a racing driver. Drink too much tea; eat too much peanut butter; watch too much TV. Sadly only the latter paying off so far. A mix of wise-old man in a young man's body with a child-like wonder about him and a great otherworldly sensibility.