– by Joseph Jammer Medina

While Star Wars: The Last Jedi was very well received by critics, the film has since gone on to be quite the polarizing flick, with some fans going so far as to call it the worst film in the saga’s history.

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Of course, we live in the age of the internet, and with that, more than ever before, filmmakers are able to see instant reactions to their work. Director Rian Johnson has seen all the criticism across the web, and speaking with Business Insider, gave his reaction to what fans are saying:

“Having been a Star Wars fan my whole life, and having spent most of my life on the other side of the curb and in that fandom, it softens the blow a little bit.

I’m aware through my own experience that, first of all, the fans are so passionate, they care so deeply — sometimes they care very violently at me on Twitter. But it’s because they care about these things, and it hurts when you’re expecting something specific and you don’t get it from something that you love. It always hurts, so I don’t take it personally if a fan reacts negatively and lashes out on me on Twitter. That’s fine. It’s my job to be there for that. Like you said, every fan has a list of stuff they want a Star Wars movie to be and they don’t want a Star Wars movie to be. You’re going to find very few fans out there whose lists line up.

And I also know the same way the original movies were personal for Lucas. Lucas never made a Star Wars movie by sitting down and thinking, ‘What do the fans want to see?’ And I knew if I wrote wondering what the fans would want, as tempting as that is, it wouldn’t work, because people would still be shouting at me, ‘F— you, you ruined Star Wars,’ and I would make a bad movie. And ultimately, that’s the one thing nobody wants.”

I’d personally consider that a very measured and professional response to the backlash, but am aware that some fans may take umbrage with his comments about Lucas, and the comments regarding making a film they want to see.

In the eyes of many fans, they know exactly what they want to see and how characters should act, and to betray that is to ruin a property they take pride in.

But what did you think of his comments? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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SOURCE: Business Insider

  • Rad4Cap

    “and I would make a bad movie. And ultimately, that’s the one thing nobody wants.”

    And yet that is exactly what we got.

    • Kay

      HA — Episode 1 was a bad movie. TLJ was a well written, engaging movie, even if it didn’t answer things the way fans wanted. Sorry. That’s just a fact.

      • Behemothrex

        ROFL man everything you just said in that sentence is wrong.

      • Rad4Cap

        TLJ was a retread of Empire, except they ‘cleverly’ put the first act last. And it isn’t an issue of ‘answering things the way fans wanted’ but crassly contradicting, insulting, and reversing everything which had come before.

        Sorry. That’s just a fact.

      • surethom

        TLJ Engaging really? the first hour & half was so slow apart from the space battle, they could have & should have cut it down by 25 minutes.

  • Kindofabigdeal

    How long until Disney pulls the plug on his new trilogy?
    It’s actually what they should have done in the first place. Give him something of his own rather than letting him play in a sand box that he had no care for.

    • Yerko Vidal Cvitanic

      Don´t think that´s going to happen, the movie has created such a buzz that people are having discussion topics about it, we going to talk about this until next episode.

      • Ryan Fink

        Exactly. Disney views this film as a huge success and unless some bad news comes out about Rian Johnson and sexual improprieties, DIsney is keeping him around.
        The majority of the criticism surrounding TLJ are most vocally coming from what is perceived as “fandom”. Most of the negative criticism I’ve read seems to be based heavily around the decision made in the film not living up to someone else’s subjective expectations/preferences, not so much whether the film itself is effective and well-done. I have read some nitpicks on some writing and SFX, but nothing so damning as to scuttle the overall quality of the film.

        • Yerko Vidal Cvitanic

          IS THE BIGGEST FANDOM disagreement ON Social Media to date. Is it ok to say it’s bigger than #Metoo? NO, ok. sorry.

        • Yerko Vidal Cvitanic

          Yo! That was poetry maaan.

  • Brock Richards

    If Colin Trevorrow got fired from episode 9 because they were unhappy with the script how godawful must it have been? How could it be worse than what Johnson came up with for “Last Jedi”? How did that entire brain trust read Johnson’s script and sign off on it?? With all the firing’s of “Star Wars” director’s please let Johnson be next to be fired from this new trilogy that I am no longer excited about after watching his Fu*k you fans “Last Jedi” disaster!

    • Aaron James

      If all I read about TLJ were the comments on this site, I’d have the impression that absolutely everyone hated this movie, and probably spend a lot of time wondering what I was missing, given that I liked TLJ a hell of a lot.

      But outside of this echo chamber, it’s pretty clear that the majority of people like, or love, the movie. CinemaScore, which is actually a pretty accurate reflection of what general audiences thought, gives it an A. The user reviews on RottenTomatoes are not. Even if we discount the reports of people using bots to manipulate the user score, it’s still a self-selecting subset of the audience who are submitting those reviews, and they’re not reflective of general audiences (Note: this is true of any movie, not just TLJ.)

      And just anecdotally, in my office of 27 people, there’s only 1 who disliked the movie. And even he isn’t particularly upset about it. “It just wasn’t my thing” was his review. Everyone else is pretty pleased with it.

      So all this talk about Disney being crazy, how could they read the script and not realise it was terrible, etc, is self-delusion, to a degree. Disney execs read Johnson’s script and saw the movie that general audiences saw – that one that they gave an A.

  • claudiomario

    F this. He wanted this backlash.

    • claudiomario

      And the reason I know just look how we treated snoke. Is f****** obvious that they were going for shock treatment. Didn’t give a f*** about the fans just wanted people to talk about it. And by the way whatever happened to the Knights of Ren? Well we scrap that storyline and that vision? Who the fuk signed off on the script?

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.