‘Star Wars’: Kevin Smith Weighs In On The Backlash Against ‘The Last Jedi’

Star Wars Last Jedi Kevin SmithStar Wars: The Last Jedi has prompted passionate debate since it was released exactly one month ago, with many asserting that the latest chapter of the saga is one of the worst films in the franchise. Now, filmmaker Kevin Smith has commented on the strong negative reactions to the film and discussed why he believes The Last Jedi was a disappointment to so many viewers during his Fatman on Batman podcast.

Smith weighed in on the backlash against the film, calling certain reactions to the film “vitriolic”:

“Some people, it hit them the wrong way in a big way. I’ve seen, it’s not just people going like, ‘Oh, I didn’t like it,’ when they don’t like it. It’s vitriolic, as if somebody fucked up their childhood.”

The fan-favorite director explained why he believes the promotional material for the film played a role in the backlash:

“I think at the end of the day, audience expectation plays into [the backlash]. Like when, you know, you’re like, ‘Alright the next movie is going to be all about Luke and I’ve seen Luke in the trailer and I know exactly who Luke Skywalker is and now he looks like Obi-Wan so he’s going to be like this version of Obi-Wan,’ and then they give you a version of Luke that even Mark Hamill reportedly was like ‘I don’t know, is this really supposed to be Luke Skywalker? He’s not the one I remember.'”

Despite the polarizing reactions, The Last Jedi recently became the 10th highest-grossing film of all-time.

In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past.

Written and directed by Rian Johnson, Star Wars: The Last Jedi stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Andy Serkis, Laura Dern, Kelly Marie Tran and Benicio del Toro.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is now playing in theaters!

Source: Fatman on Batman (via Indie Wire)

‘Star Wars’: 5 Theories For ‘Episode IX’

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Star Wars The Last Jedi ReyStar Wars: Episode IX is now less than two years away from being released. Now that The Last Jedi, the second part of Disney and Lucasfilm’s new Star Wars trilogy, is past us, people have immediately begun speculating onto what the closing chapter will be about.

If there was one thing that The Last Jedi had going for it, it was that it set up a lot. All of the characters were in very different places that they were in at the start of the movie. By the end, there were numerous possibilities for Episode IX to go.

Here are some of the things that could happen in Star Wars: Episode IX!

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  • Nathaniel Whitehead

    You could’ve taken Finn’s entire story arc out of the film, and it would’ve barely effected the main story. It was pointless filler to give Boyega something to do. Such a waste of all characters involved in that arc.

    • Maxi Iroh

      In my opinion if you were to take Finn’s entire story arc(more like Rose’s) from the movie, it would definitely have an impact on the main story, but that’s not a bad thing(who cares about Rose?) because all those cutaways from the interesting Rey/Kylo sections really broke the experience for me, it made the rhythm of the movie feel disjointed, breaking the flow of something that could’ve been great.

      The Holdo stuff is also bad, Benício Del Toro’s character and Phasma again taking the shaft.

      Everything that had Rose around was bad, i hated the character so much.

      TLJ’s apologists, don’t come hating on me saying i’m racist or something, my girlfriend is chinese and i get along fine with her family, we even went together to China once.

  • Ron

    This movie is simply an epic fail. It might not show so much at the box office yet, as people went to see the movie based on the brilliant trailer and simiply because it was the next “big” episode in Star Wars history. But believe me: Most fans won’t buy the merchandise and a lot won’t check in for further movies. And please stop pretending, we are fanboys who didn’t see their fantasies come true in the movie. I could easily accept all the directions the movie went, e.g. turning Luke into an unlikeable hermit. But the way it was done, is simply unbelievable: First there’s no coherent script guiding the movie, there are too many token diversity characters the movie doesn’t even use in meaningful ways, plot holes huge as tunnels, badly written characters without setting anything up, no coherence to the Overall story not even to The Force Awakens, too many cringeworthy “humorous” inserts, bad directing (the movie loses itself in too many and often meaningless storylines). It’s not bold to discard everything established in 40 years in the most vile way possible, if you cannot offer something new and thrilling instead. That’s what this movie did: This is simply stupid. No characters left you could care about and no development (story- or character-wise). The movie looks beautiful and that’s all it does. The rest is a childish mess, that will permanently damage the franchise. You can dish out silliness like that in a “Star Wars Story” movie and nobody cares… but not in the most valued main episodes. The plot of this movie is below Star Wars Rebels in quality, maybe even worse than the one of a Transformers movie. After 40 years as a huge fan, I won’t support Star Wars anymore, in any way until Disney apologizes to fans for spitting in their faces. That’s how bad this movie made me feel.

    • templesweeper

      Lots of people loved this movie, like myself, even though it didn’t go where I thought it would. It’s all subjective and you have a right to your opinion but there’s no way Disney apologizes. Critics loved it as well as lots of fans. I was pretty blown away by the depth of the storytelling and character development. Just some of the best Star Wars moments yet.

      • Ron

        Lots of people are not an argument. Critics aren’t either, because they would have lost privileges for future Disney releases, if they had given it a bad review. But what puzzles me is character development? Depth of stoytelling? Please elaborate on this, as these two points are exactly my biggest problems. The lack of both of them.