Some spoilers ahead for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. If you haven't seen the film yet, you may want to pivot to one of our other stories.
It's been less than a week since Star Wars: The Last Jedi arrived in theaters, and the generations of fans have hotly debated the new sequel's contents. The reaction has been one of the most divisive in Star Wars history, as early moviegoers seem to be split in regards to whether or not they actually liked Episode VIII. While some praised director Rian Johnson's edgy and original take on the franchise, some fans took umbrage with his choices and said the film didn't feel like a Star Wars movie at all. Johnson seems to be cognizant of this dichotomy, and recently spoke to the naysayers out there.
It looks like Rian Johnson understands just how much the Star Wars franchise means to people, and therefore expected strong opposition to the contents of The Last Jedi. He seems not take it too personally, as there are entire generations of fans who have their own opinions on the beloved space opera. And considering what a dark turn he was taking the formerly heroic and hopeful Luke Skywalker, Twitter trolling seems par for the course.
And truly, The Last Jedi did take a ton of risks. The story was capsulated over the course of just a few days, and featured existential crises coming from the likes of Rey, Kylo Ren, Finn, and Luke. The heroic Resistance was shown to be quite dysfunctional, and infighting with Poe Dameron and Laura Dern's Vice Admiral Holdo put the group's future in jeopardy. Overall, Johnson challenged what most Star Wars fans expected, which would explain some of the backlash the film has received.
In the same conversation with Business Insider, Rian Johnson also revealed that he wasn't crafting The Last Jedi around fan expectations. Instead, he was crafting a challenging story that was personally fulfilling.
It looks like Rian Johnson seems to have a good perspective of the entire situation, while also having the majority of the film's critical reception be overwhelming positive. Of course, this rating isn't the same as fan's reaction, which can sometimes differ from the folks who are formally reviewing The Last Jedi for publications. At the time of writing, the blockbuster has a 93% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but with 55% fan approval.
It should be interesting to see how it all ends with the untitled Episode IX. J.J Abrams will once again be helming the next blockbuster, and will have to navigate around the canon changes Rian Johnson made with The Last Jedi. Additionally, he'll have to change the narrative in order to work around Carrie Fisher's unexpected passing. Leia was meant to be a major presence in the next sequel, so some changes will have to be made for the trilogy to end.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is in theaters, now and Solo: A Star Wars Story is currently set for a May 25th release. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your trips to the movies in the New Year.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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