Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson has definitively explained Leia's use of the Force in the film during an exchange on Twitter.
Since The Last Jedi was released, a common area of criticism of the film has been with Leia's use of the Force to bring herself back onto the lead Resistance ship, with many dubbing the scene "Leia Poppins." Responding to a question on Twitter after providing justification for Luke Skywalker's Force projection, Johnson laid down the law in regards to the scene, succinctly calling Leia a "badass muthafucka."
Johnson also detailed his confusion with the criticism of the scene saying, "I never really understood the complaint - can you articulate it for me? Is it just that Leia shouldn’t be able to use the force?" A Twitter user followed up explaining that the scene felt odd and too big a feat for someone untrained in the ways of the Force. Johnson replied with an explanation that when crafting the scene he viewed it as a minimal feat for Leia. "Interesting. I guess the fact that she’s in zero G and that space offers no resistance meant (to me) that it wasn’t a big feat at all - kinda minimal, in fact," the director said.
Written and directed by Rian Johnson, Star Wars: The Last Jedi stars Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke, Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata, Benicio Del Toro as ‘DJ’, Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico, Laura Dern as Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo, and the late Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa. The film is in theaters worldwide.