‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ is sweeping the box office (although without great records and without conquering # 1 in all countries, everything can not be), however, the great news that is circulating on the Internet about Episode VIII is that It is causing a strong division of opinions, especially among fans .
While the critics are quite happy with the movie (86/100 in Metacritic, 93% in RottenTomatoes ) fans of the franchise face very different valuations of the work of Rian Johnson. Right now is the delivery with the lowest score of the saga in Rotten Tomatoes (yes, below ‘The phantom threat’) and has even been a request to withdraw it from the official canon and what do you think about Disney? They love what is happening.
That’s right, so much controversy is waking up Episode VIII, there are so many fans outraged by the script, that the studio has decided to make some statements to defend the film. It has been Dave Hollis, president of the film distribution branch of Disney, who has referred to the division of opinions with these words:
“Rian Johnson, the cast, and the Lucasfilm team have delivered an experience that is totally ‘Star Wars’ and at the same time, fresh, unexpected and new.This makes it a ‘Star Wars’ movie as the audience had never seen before: it is making people talk, solve their mysteries, there is a lot to digest, and we see it as something positive, that should help to recommend the film and be seen repeatedly, as we enter the lucrative period of holidays.”
Exactly, Disney believes in that old saying that “they talk about you, even if it’s wrong” and that all the negative criticisms that are being made to ‘The Last Jedi’ are going to contribute to keep seeing during the Christmas season, with premieres as ‘The great showman’ (‘The Great Showman’) or ‘Giving the note 3’ (‘Pitch Perfect 3’) trying to eat a significant portion of the box office. It is always positive that a film wakes up this type of reactions, that it surprises and does not leave indifferent, although it seems that many fans do not agree.
Which is funny because JJ Abrams was attacked for being too faithful to the previous films , to the point of accusing him of doing a remake, and now Rian Johnson is being attacked for doing the exact opposite, freeing the saga from everything old and direct it towards unexplored routes. Maybe the problem is that you can not please everyone, especially when it comes to a franchise with so many followers…
Rian Johnson’s response to outraged fans with ‘The Last Jedi’
Rian Johnson has also referred to the anger of part of the fans with Episode VIII, in an interview for BusinessInsider. I translated your words below:
“Having been a Star Wars fan all my life, and having spent most of my life on the other side of the curve and in that fandom, the impact softens a bit.
Throughout all my experience I am aware that, first of all, the fans are very passionate, they care deeply: sometimes they are very violent towards me on Twitter. But it’s because they care about these things, and it hurts them when they’re waiting for something specific and they do not get it from something they love. It always hurts, so I do not take it personally if a fan reacts negatively and attacks me on Twitter. It’s okay. It’s my job to be there for that. Each fan has a list of things he wants to see and does not want to see in a Star Wars movie. You will find very few fans out there whose lists fit.
Lucas never made a ‘Star Wars’ movie thinking: ‘What do the fans want to see?’ And I knew that if I wrote wondering what the fans want, tempting as it is, it would not work, because people would keep shouting ‘Fuck you, you ruined Star Wars!’ and I would have made a bad movie. In the end, that’s the only thing that nobody wants.
And let me add that 80-90% of the reaction I’ve had on Twitter has been really lovely. There is a lot of joy and love from the fans. When I talk about the negative part, it’s not a complete representation of the fans, at all. ”