One of my favorite things when buying a new movie is to explore all of its behind-the-scenes features and The Last Jedi had hours upon hours of tantalizing behind-the-scene material to delve into but my favorite of them all was the audio commentary. I’ve just recently discovered commentary on some of my other owned movies and it was like discovering the holy grail of behind-the-scenes content. Watching a movie and having the commentary alongside it gives a truly in-depth look into how the creator or creators made the movie and what their thought process was behind some of your favorite scenes and moments in the film. So yesterday my sister and I watched the audio commentary for The Last Jedi and I was positively blown away. There was so much fascinating information I’ve actually forgotten a lot of it but the one nugget Rian Johnson provided in the commentary that really stuck out to me was during the scene where Kylo Ren is heading into the rebel base on Crait.
Here it shows an incredible downward shot showing Kylo Ren marching into the base with a platoon of snowtroopers in his wake which is actually one of my favorite shots in the movie but does it look familiar by any chance?
Yes, here it shows Anakin Skywalker marching into the Jedi Temple with an army of stormtroopers trailing him but what’s incredible about this is it’s the exact same shot, except sideways! I was legitimately blown away by this information but also super excited as well. About two weeks ago I wrote a post analyzing how similar Kylo Ren and Anakin Skywalker were and this shot only validates that theory and it was so incredible to discover that I was right! I knew they were pushing for a strong Anakin vibe in Kylo Ren and this shot proved that.
There were also a whole lot of other nuggets throughout the commentary but I’ll let you, if you happen to own the movie, enjoy the commentary for yourself. Every bit of it is worth hearing.
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