As I correctly predicted earlier, we’re going to be a getting a slew of these silly articles that declare all the critics of The Last Jedi wrong, so I guess we have to address this silliness directly.
Matt Miller writes an incredibly ignorant piece at Esquire entitled, An Early Star Wars Image Proves Luke Skywalker’s Twist in The Last Jedi Was Planned From the Beginning. It’s also subtitled, This is proof that all those Rian Johnson haters are wrong. Why is the subtitle shorter than the title? Who knows. Only one thing can be sure, whenever a Millenial progressive writer declares critics to be wrong, the exact opposite will almost assuredly be true. So let’s go ahead and correct Matt Miller of Esquire, yet again.
Luke is a darker character. He’s no longer that bright-eyed boy on Tatooine. After getting betrayed by one of his students, Luke cut himself off from the Force. He went into exile, abandoning the hubris of the Jedi, and leaving the Resistance to fight the First Order on their own.
Since the film was released, The Last Jedi has become one of the most polarizing entries in the franchise to date, with fans taking issue specifically with this grumpy, older Luke Skywalker. Many argue that Luke never would have changed this much—that he would remain a hopeful, passionate child well through adulthood. Luke, they argue, would exist in some creepy stage of arrested development—never maturing or growing out of young adulthood (sound familiar?).
Yes, it sounds like uneducated SJWs who never mature mentally beyond the age of 17, as is evidenced by their use of teenage vernacular at age 70.
By new, Matt Miller means old. Since the image he’s referencing has been out there for years, and in fact appears on my blog post in which I piece together what George Lucas initially intended for the Sequel Trilogy.
On his Instagram, Alzmann posted a picture of a concept design of Luke Skywalker with the caption: “My first image I made for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This was January of 2013. Luke was being described as a Col. Kurtz type hiding from the world in a cave. I couldn’t believe I was getting to make this image and I got a George ‘Fabulouso‘ on it to boot.”
This image was, of course, made long before The Force Awakens was released in 2015, when, even that early, writers were comparing Luke Skywalker to Marlon Brando’s iconic character from Apocalypse Now. Kurtz, as you’ll remember from the Francis Ford Coppola classic, was a brutal and ruthless leader who went insane while isolated in the jungle of Cambodia. Given this description, writers had originally intended Skywalker to be much darker than what we ended up seeing in The Last Jedi. Also, what’s interesting about Alzmann’s post is George Lucas also weighed in on, and approved, this depiction of Skywalker.
In fact it serves as proof of the exact opposite.
With respect to Alzmann, Luke was not depicted at all as hiding in a cave. But rather, he was depicted as hiding in a Jedi Temple. Here’ are the images of Luke’s temple that Matt Miller is unaware of:
Pay particular note to how the Jedi temple does not resemble a cave.
Also, take a really good look at the concept image of Luke, and compare and contrast that image with the image of Jake Skywalker in The Last Jedi.
For many young people, an old guy with a grey beard is an old guy with a grey beard, and there isn’t much difference between them. But note how the image we see on the left is an unkempt man who can barely maintain personal hygiene, while the image on the right depicts a well groomed aged samurai Luke. This is the difference that is currently escaping all of the reactionary millenial writers who are far too desperate to prove Last Jedi critics wrong. It’s the difference between a monk going into solitude to meditate and find his center, and the drooling hermit who argues with the clouds. Let’s take a look at another comparison that might be more obvious to writers like Matt Miller:
Can you tell the difference between these two figures in exile and solitude?