Failing a Faithful Father: On Chad Bird’s Night Driving

Who would’ve thought that one of the greatest teachers of 2017 would’ve been the ghost of a pointy-eared little green alien. I highly doubt Rian Johnson was thinking about how to turn Yoda into a preacher when writing the script for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. But during an exchange in the film between he and Luke Skywalker, Yoda — the infamously eccentric Jedi Master — utters a line that’s pregnant with resonance and meaning and relevance. For everyone.