For the most part, Rian Johnson has been mum on his thoughts on Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which is the follow-up to his Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but thanks to his Oscars appearance, we now know what he thought of the final film in the saga of the Skywalkers.

He absolutely HATED it! No, just kidding, but most Star Wars fan sites just make shit up anymore, so I wanted to have some fun.

Anyway, while talking with MTV at the Oscars, Rian revealed his reaction to The Rise of Skywalker, and it’s probably way more positive than you’d expect, but he could also just be giving a diplomatic response. Although, I tend to take him at his word, and he is a superfan, so I’m thinking he’s mostly telling the truth. With that being said, I guarantee if he were asked to critique it from a filmmaker’s standpoint, he’d probably have a few barbs for it.

Here’s what he said:

“I had a blast, man. Made me so proud, and 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 Warsfan, it was a really special experience.”

Rian Johnson

Like I said, there’s probably some Hollywood BS in there, but from his fandom standpoint, I think like most of us, he probably did find some thrills to latch onto.

Kelly Marie Tran was also asked by MTV about what she thought about the film, but she took a very diplomatic approach. I’m sure at this point she’s just ready to get the fuck out of Star Wars land anyway, as it hasn’t been too kind to her thanks to bozos and trolls. I do think there are honest sentiments in there too, because I do think she’s just genuinely happy to have been involved in any capacity considering TLJ was her first ever film.

Kelly said:

“[The Last Jedi] was my first movie, you know? So I think that I’m finally starting to realize that when you’re in something of that caliber, there’s so many people working to make something out of love. And no matter what you do, there’s always going to be people that aren’t happy with that. But I think that the best lesson that I’ve learned is to have fun and be present in the moment… I think that I’m really just amazed at the way that [J. J. Abrams] was able to sort of wrap up all these incredible stories. There were so many characters! At the end of the day, I got to be part of something bigger than me, and that’s really special.”

Kelly Marie Tran
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Matt is literally from a galaxy that is far, far away. Star Wars has consumed his life, and made him the geek that he is. He's no fan of the Prequels, but still loves the Maker. When he's not recording his unstable takes for the Star Wars Time podcast, he's either working on EntertainmentBuddha.com, taking pictures of Star Wars toys, or trying to legitimately wield the Force.