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Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson gives his verdict on The Rise of Skywalker

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Remember the days when Star Wars: The Last Jedi (opens in new tab) was the most controversial Star Wars movie? Me neither. The controversy around Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (opens in new tab) has been so all-consuming in the fandom that the drama around The Last Jedi feels a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far, far, far, far away. 

One of the main points of contention among Star Wars fans was The Rise of Skywalker seemingly undoing certain story beats established in The Last Jedi – namely that Rey was not actually a nobody, but instead Palpatine's grandaughter. 

Yet, while that may be the case, The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson has only spoken positively about Episode 9. Asked for his opinion on The Rise of Skywalker while attending the Oscars, Johnson told MTV (opens in new tab):  "I had a blast, man. Made me so proud seeing the heart and soul that J.J. [Abrams] put into it.

"And seeing my friends who were in the movie just, like, bring the whole thing to a conclusion. Yeah, for me as a Star Warfan, it was a really special experience."

So there you have it, no hard feelings between Johnson and Abrams. In other Star Wars news, Kelly Marie Tran has revealed her thoughts (opens in new tab) on her character's minimal screentime in Abrams' movie, saying: “When you’re in something of that calibre, there’s always people working to make something out of love, and no matter what you do, there’s always going to be people who aren’t happy with that.”

Fancy rewatching the Star Wars movies? Here's how to watch the Star Wars movies in order (opens in new tab) and here's the Star Wars timeline (opens in new tab) to help you out.

Jack Shepherd
Jack Shepherd

I'm the Senior Entertainment Editor here at GamesRadar+, bringing you all the latest movie and TV news, reviews, and features. Plus I look after the Total Film and SFX sections and socials media channels. I used to work at The Independent as a general culture writer before specializing in TV and film