There’s only one thing all Star Wars fans can agree on: there is imbalance in the Force.
The Last Jedi has won overwhelming praise from critics and is stomping across the global box office like a rampaging AT-M6 gorilla walker, but it has also fiercely divided the community of admirers who make up the vast Star Wars fanbase.
Writer-director Rian Johnson acknowledged the division Thursday in a tweet, saying: “The goal is never to divide or make people upset, but I do think the conversations that are happening were going to have to happen at some point if [Star Wars] is going to grow, move forward and stay vital.”
Maybe it’s the era we’re inhabiting. Lightning-fast reactions mean sides are separated and battle lines drawn immediately. And with anything this widely seen, $600 million in ticket sales after one week, it’s going to be impossible to please everyone.
But while the critical reception on Rotten Tomatoes stands at 92 percent, the audience reaction is stuck at a stubborn 53 percent. That’s disconcerting. (By comparison, Rogue One has 87 percent fan approval and The Force Awakens has 88 percent.)
I’m not going to say those who don’t like The Last Jedi are wrong, but I felt differently. So here’s my defense of what I think stands as one of the finest of the Star Wars movies.
Since it involves spoilers, let’s move this conversation to the pages ahead …