"it’s often through a character overcoming their flaws that a movie can really say something."
Joseph Gordon-Levitt has defended Star Wars: The Last Jedi in a 2000 word essay, after the fantasy sequel proved hugely divisive among fans.
In a Medium post, the actor insisted that his secret cameo wasn’t the reason behind his need to defend the film – and nor is his close friendship with director Rian Johnson.
Instead, he offers a comprehensive reasoning for the depiction of Luke Skywalker, after he was portrayed as a grizzled hermit who is determined to abandon his Jedi past.
This, Gordon-Levitt claims, is a reflection of “one of the most universal truths of human experience – getting older”.
“We all get older, and those of us who are lucky enough to survive our youth all face the joys, the terrors, the puzzles, the pitfalls, the surprises, and the inevitabilities that come along with doing so. Re-meeting our beloved protagonist decades after we last saw him, only to learn that the passing years have changed some of his most fundamental qualities, I’ll admit, it’s almost hard to see”, Gordon-Levitt wrote.
“But in that glaring contrast between the Luke of old and the new Old Luke, The Last Jedi offers a uniquely fascinating portrayal of a man’s life marching inescapably forward.”
He also opened up on how Luke’s “flaws” were responsible for ultimately creating a “gratuitous spectacle”.
“A flawed main character is one of the main distinctions between a story with substance and a gratuitous spectacle,” Gordon-Levitt wrote.
“It’s often through a character overcoming their flaws that a movie can really say something.”
Meanwhile, it was recently revealed that Star Wars: The Last Jedi has been pulled from cinemas in China after failing to capture the imagination of audiences.
Despite becoming one of the highest grossing films of all time, the success of The Last Jedi didn’t translate to the far east, where it took a paltry $2.4 million (£1.7m) in its second week of release.