Latest Star Wars Gets Mixed Reviews


Star Wars: The Last Jedi, premiered in theaters on December 14 to mixed reactions. What was expected to be a darker and more grounded Star Wars tale, turned out to be more lighthearted than audiences were expecting.

However, that doesn’t mean it’s a bad movie or that nobody liked it. The 9th-released Star Wars movie (the second in the new trilogy), had good acting, with the return of Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia, and Daisy Ridley as Rey. However, fans and viewers alike are very split on their thoughts of the movie, with criticism mainly aimed at Disney, which took over ownership of Star Wars three movies ago.

Looking at the infamous Rotten Tomatoes movie review site, the critics give “The Last Jedi” a 91 percent and say it is “certified fresh”. So then what’s the problem?. Well, the audience score is a resounding 50 percent. It’s night and day between critics and audience members. So what are the main concerns when it comes to this film? {WARNING: WE ARE ENTERING SPOILER TERRITORY NOW}

There are a few major points throughout the film that are really hit or miss for fans. One  is the humor. Since Disney acquired Star Wars,  fans feared they wouldn’t get the dark and deep lore that they got from the extended universe and the original saga. People said Rogue One felt like a ”Star Wars Marvel Film”.  Marvel movies, since acquired by Disney, have done really well with their comic characters, as well as some serious and darker characters. But really what they are known for is the funny stuff, like “Guardians of the Galaxy”, “Thor: Ragnarok”, and “Spider Man: Homecoming”. In The Last Jedi, like Rogue One, there is a bit of humor that feels Marvelesque and really turned Star Wars fans off, because it’s NOT Star Wars. Some humor in the movies is fine, but the amount and way they went about it feels completely off.

A prime example is when Rey is getting in touch with the Force with Luke’s help. Rey sits on this big rock and prepares for meditation, and Luke is giving her instructions to relax, close her eyes, and says to “Reach out”, in which case she literally reaches her hand out. Luke then takes this giant leaf he was holding and tickles her hand and starts being sarcastic, saying what she is feeling is the force, and she believes it, but then Luke abruptly smacks her hand. Rey then realizes he didn’t mean literally reaching out. This moment felt completely out of place and is a tonal shift from the seriousness of he movie.

The second biggest issue moviegoers are having with the film is the amount of fluff throughout the movie. Here are some specific examples of characters and situations that were not needed, as they were just momentary plot devices that had no real importance or were just completely out of place.

  • Leia using the force when she was blown out into space, where she does a Superman over to safety.
  • Vice Admiral Holdo not telling Poe her plan (they try to make light of it, but they really didn’t need to because it would’ve been the same result either way).
  • THE CANTO BYTE SCENE. A 20-or-so minute sequence trying to find some “master code breaker” and the plan goes all wrong. Several parts of this scene are unnecessary fluff

So yes, there are some problems with the latest Star Wars installment, but even with all of these issues, fans can still enjoy the film. It is Star Wars, after all.

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