Critics love ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ – but why do some fans hate it?

"A terrible movie that absolutely ruins 30 years of cinema"

Star Wars: The Last Jedi hit cinemas four days ago, and theatres around the world have been jam-packed ever since. Grossing a mammoth $450m globally in its opening weekend, the second film in the new trilogy was only beaten by one other in history – its prequel, The Force Awakens, and that was only by $8m.

It did well with the critics too, with most claiming director Rian Johnson totally bullseyes the womp rat:


However, as often happens, many fans are not on the same page as the critics. In fact, The Last Jedi could end up being the first Star Wars film to be loved by experts and hated by movie-goers.

We knew something was up as early as March, when Mark Hamill told Vanity Fair he “pretty much fundamentally disagreed with every decision” Rian Johnson made for Luke Skywalker’s journey. Hamill is the saga’s biggest advocate – his enthusiasm is boundless and his knowledge is unrivalled. If he disagreed with the direction of The Last Jedi then some fans were going to be outraged. As expected, they were. Here are some of the angriest sci-fi geeks on the Internet:


Some hated it so much that they started a Twitter hashtag – #NotMyStarWars

But others fought back, claiming haters weren’t able to adapt to a new and exciting direction:

We’re very much in the latter camp. NME‘s Olly Richards said in his review: “TLJ blasts the rule book to pieces, sending the Skywalker saga in unexpected directions. There are many, many moments that will leave you cheering or weeping, possibly both at once.” 

However, Star Wars is the most loved franchise in the world and fans were always going to be picky. But there is one universally-loved addition to the galaxy that everyone agrees on – Porgs, lovely, lovely Porgs. At least that’s something we can all get behind? #PorgsForPresident

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