‘Star Wars’ Fans Praise John Boyega for Never ‘Phoning In’ His Performance as Finn

While Star Wars is a beloved franchise around the world, not all fans are happy about how the latest sequel trilogy played out. One element of the trilogy that disappointed most Star Wars fans was how the character of Finn was handled.

The consensus among fans is that the Star Wars franchise ended up brutally letting the character of Finn down. The actor who plays Finn in the films, John Boyega, hasn’t been shy about his feeling either. Through multiple interviews, Boyega has made it clear that he very much agrees with fans in that the character of Finn lacked the attention and development from writers that he deserved.

Despite Boyega’s dismay with how his character was handled, he gave his all in every scene. Fans recognized Boyega’s work and celebrated the fact that he never phoned it in despite the disservice given to his character.

Read on to learn more about Finn and why fans are so cross about how the character was handled throughout the sequel trilogy. 

‘Star Wars’: The problem with Finn

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Finn entered Star Wars as a stormtrooper in the First Order. However, unlike most stormtroopers, Finn’s character was written as a sensitive stormtrooper with a conscience to boot.

The character of Finn represents a dichotomy between a heartless stormtrooper and a kindhearted hero. Finn was brought up to serve the First Order. However, he must desert his allegiance to the First Order after his conscience just won’t allow him to murder innocent people any longer.  

Throughout the Star Wars trilogy sequel, Finn undergoes significant character development. His shift in morality leads him to leave the First Order and join the Resistance.

Joining the Resistance not only eases Finn’s conscience, but allows him to experience a sense of family for the first time in his life.

While this character development sounds well and good, the writers simply missed the mark with Finn.

Finn is a genuinely interesting character. However, representing Finn as a multilayered character is never executed properly throughout the series. What fans are left with is simply a hollow character that would have benefited from a more thorough exploration.   

Thoughts from John Boyega  

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Die-hard Star Wars fans aren’t the only ones feeling robbed by the lack of development writers gave Finn throughout the trilogy sequel. John Boyega, the actor who plays Finn, also felt that the writers did a disservice to both Finn and Star Wars fans.

During multiple interviews and on his online platforms, Boyega revealed that he simply felt that after three films, Finn just wasn’t given the attention he deserved. Fans were never allowed to know Finn in the way they should have. 

While disappointment surrounded his role as Finn, the Star Wars franchise gave Boyega a platform like he never knew before. Boyega was just 22 when he starred in the first Star Wars film, joining one of the biggest franchises on the planet. Becoming part of such a large community has given Boyega a large audience to speak to. Boyega hasn’t just used this platform to bolster his own name and career.

According to GQ, he’s actually used this massive platform to speak about important issues like institutional racism, racial injustice, and the Black Lives Matter movement. Boyega is a breath of fresh air in the entertainment industry and has continually shown an upstanding character both on and off of the screen. 

Insights from ‘Star Wars’ fans 

Star Wars fans also appreciate the upstanding man John Boyega has turned out to be. While he was never given the storyline he deserved with Finn, Boyega never phoned in with his performances.

Fans appreciated Boyega’s determination to give the character everything he had regardless of the less than ideal circumstances. Some fans even took to Reddit to share how much they appreciated the character of Finn, as well as Boyega’s performance as him. 

One fan shared how much they loved the character of Finn throughout the trilogy, writing, “He’s a very warm and relatable character. His transition from First Order Stormtrooper to Resistance General is one of the best character arcs in Star Wars. I love Finn.”

Another fan celebrated Boyega’s portrayal of Finn, writing, “Despite his grievances with the later films, Boyega’s commitment to the role is never phoned in and constantly charismatic.”

Another fan summed up Finn’s character perfectly, writing, “Great character that wasn’t fully realized.”

Ultimately, you would be hard-pressed to find a Star Wars fan not in agreeance with this final statement.