Daisy Ridley Thinks 'The Last Jedi' Criticism Is "Fair" (Not That She Agrees With You)

Tom Nicholson
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From Esquire

The babymen who are still upset about Star Wars: The Last Jedi not being exactly the film that they wanted it to be - namely, a film without a Vietnamese-American woman in it - and have spent the last couple of years labelling it a cinematic failure and worse, are still out there in force.

Daisy Ridley, though, is pretty sanguine about the kicking which the more militant end of the fandom gave to the film. Speaking to USA Today, she said that while the backlash The Last Jedi didn't come as a shock, these babymen were entirely entitled to their views.

"I wasn't surprised, no," Ridley said. "It’s just a different thing. Everyone’s going to have an opinion now anyway on the internet, but I also think it’s fair. If people hold something incredibly dear and think they know how it should be and it's not like that, it’s fair for people to think they were done wrong.

"It doesn’t mean they were - ultimately, Rian’s a filmmaker and one person can’t dictate how a film is supposed to be - but freedom of expression, sure."

After the larks-and-callbacks fun of The Force Awakens and the more out-there The Last Jedi, Ridley said that the third film, The Rise of Skywalker, is different again.

"Genre-wise, it’s different from the other two, which will become clear when the film comes out. It's quite emotional. There's a different drive than the previous two films, but there's a lot of fun. I really missed John [Boyega] during the last one, but we're back together and now Oscar [Isaac] is part of it. To me, it felt like kids going on an adventure."

And she added that the lingering mystery over who Rey's parents were will finally be mopped up come the end of the trilogy.

"[JJ Abrams] did say the question is answered. So at the end of the film, you do know what the dealio is."

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