If you haven’t been on the internet today, you may not have noticed that there seems to be a growing divide between fans and critics in regards to the quality of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
If the 93 percent on Rotten Tomatoes isn’t enough evidence, critics, by and large, are in love with the film. Yes, this is a Star Wars film, but it’s one that’s not afraid to take real risks.
While many seem to think this as a good thing, many fans don’t agree. I’ve perused the comments all over the net, and there seems to be no shortage of fans who genuinely hate what Rian Johnson has put to screen. Whether it’s the portrayal of certain characters or the actual events that unfold, there is a lot they complain about. But you could argue that it may just be true of the circles I frequent online.
It’s possible, but the evidence does seem to be pouring in other places as well. On Rotten Tomatoes, the audience score for this film is at 57 percent. By comparison, the critically-maligned Justice League had an 80 percent audience score. Over on Metacritic, the critics’ score is a solid 86, and the audience score is at a disappointing 5.3 user score.
Of course, it can’t be ignored that on these platforms, any Joe Schmoe can leave a review. You don’t even have to see the movie to leave a rating, and that’s something that can lead to fans rallying against a movie based on tidbits they’ve heard. Given what I saw online, with fans reacting to revealed plot points BEFORE the movie even released, that wouldn’t surprise me all that much. That being said, it’s still a trend that’s hard to ignore, and there are plenty of fans who have seen the film who still don’t like it.
In a franchise like Star Wars, fan excitement is paramount, and yet in this particular case, as of today, it seems like there is a great divide between what fans want, and what Lucasfilm ultimately delivered.
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SOURCE: Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic