Rian Johnson defends controversial The Last Jedi moment

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This particular power has been criticized by some Star Wars fans, and while director Rian Johnson has already defended its use, he took to social media earlier today to clap back against those still giving him grief about that element of The Last Jedi. In the photos, Johnson locates the 2011 book Star Wars: The Jedi Path that explains how Luke used an "advanced Force technique" to "create a short-lived duplicate of himself". "Those who have perfected this ability can create phantoms of any person of their choosing or trick an enemy into seeing more objects, such as droids, than are actually present", the book explained.

Since The Last Jedi was released, a common area of criticism of the film has been with Leia's use of the Force to bring herself back onto the lead Resistance ship, with many dubbing the scene "Leia Poppins".

Even with the film's polarizing reception among fans, including a certain moment that occurs before the action in the throne room commences, this scene between Rey and Kylo Ren has been universally praised much of which is thanks to Rian Johnson's impeccable visual storytelling, certainly inspired by the ways of samurai and how they battle.

Another user, questioned how Leia was able to use the force due to a lack of training. "That wasn't some simple force jump she did".

So, there you have it: Force Doppelgangers are canon, and Johnson is not here for your Forcesplaining. Johnson previously addressed the backlash directed to the movie, saying, "The goal is never to divide or make people upset, but I do think the conversations that are happening were going to have to happen at some point if sw is going to grow, move forward, and stay vital". Refusing to be involved in further debate, he simply responded with "Cause she's a badass muthaf-cka".

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