Star Wars fans are not happy with The Last Jedi, and one angry viewer has launched a petition to have the movie deleted from the franchise and remade.
The film marks the eighth episode in the long-running series, and was released in cinemas last week (December 14).
Critics have reviewed the movie favourably, but fans have been less impressed with director Rian Johnson’s addition to the canon. Henry Walsh from Avondale Estates, Georgia, has created a petition on change.org asking Disney to “strike Star Wars Episode VIII from the official canon”, as Digital Spy reports.
On the page, he writes: “Star Wars has long been a story about two things, the Jedi and Luke Skywalker. After over 260 novels where we could follow the adventures of that great hero you, the Walt Disney Company decided to strike all of that from the official canon and wiped out three decades of lore.
“We were excited to see Episode VII to see how our heroes lives turned out since you took away what we knew,” he continued. “We saw the death of Han Solo, we saw less than a minute of Luke Skywalker.”
Walsh described The Last Jedi as “a travesty” that “completely destroyed the legacy of Luke Skywalker and the Jedi”. But, he added, “this can be fixed. Just as you wiped out 30 years of stories, we ask you to wipe out one more, The Last Jedi. Remove it from the canon, push back Episode IX and remake Episode VIII properly to redeem Luke Skywalker’s legacy, integrity, and character.”
At the time of writing the petition, which will be delivered to the Walt Disney Company, has 8,150 signatures of a targeted 10,000.
In a four-star review, NME said: “The Last Jedi blasts the rule book to pieces, sending the Skywalker saga in unexpected directions. Not all its risks pay off, but its biggest wins outdo anything in the previous film. For fans, there are many, many moments that will leave you cheering or weeping, possibly both at once.”