Star Wars Legend Warwick Davis Responds To Last Jedi Backlash

Wicket in Return of the Jedi

Last December, Star Wars: The Last Jedi finally arrived in theaters, with the fan community very divided on the movie's contents. Some people hated it while others loved it, and writer/director Rian Johnson has been justifying his decisions ever since. While some fans were not on board with the eighth installment in the Star Wars series, Warwick Davis -- the original Wicket -- thinks that's pretty common for most movies. Here's what Davis had to say when he was asked his opinion on the divided response to The Last Jedi:

I wasn't aware it had a divided opinion but all movies divide opinion - some people will like it, some people won't. I'll always love Star Wars. It's a piece of entertainment, it's not about making political statements. It's just there for people to enjoy. You go in there and are supposed to lose yourself in the world the director has created. Star Wars has always been a great example of that - it's pure escapism and you can forget the 21st century for a couple of hours. That was George Lucas's philosophy with Star Wars - to make a fun adventure.

Warwick Davis knows a thing or two about controversy in Star Wars. He famously played Wicket aka The Main Ewok from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, and reprised the role for a series of TV movies. The Ewoks in general aren't looked back upon too fondly by most Star Wars fans, so it's only natural that Davis has some thoughts on The Last Jedi, the latest in a long line of Star Wars controversies.

Warwick Davis shared his thoughts on the fan division over The Last Jedi to the Metro (via The List) and reminded fans that Star Wars is meant to be a piece of entertainment and escapism above all else. He also said that every movie technically divides people on opinion, and that's just the way it is. This particular movie is only drumming up so much attention because it's a Star Wars movie. While this writer would say that people not liking the movie is what's preventing them from being entertained, Davis is certainly correct that movies -- especially Star Wars movies -- are meant to just be a good time.

The backlash over Star Wars: The Last Jedi has certainly been interesting to watch, and the truth of the matter is probably much closer to the movie being both good and bad at the same time (it's possible). For all Star Wars and movie updates, be sure to keep it right here at CinemaBlend and we'll be sure to update you with new information as soon as it becomes available.

Matt Wood

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