Star Wars: The Last Jedi was a fun, complex and beautiful movie. When I got home from the theater, I was confused when some of the posts on various sites said that it was the worst movie since the prequels. I haven’t seen the Star Wars prequels, so I didn’t know what they meant. There were a lot of complaints, but some are boiled down to a few key ideas.
One of the main complaints on these sites involves millennials. The cast in the current movies are more diverse from the first Star Wars movies. According to Vox and Forbes, there is also a concern about The Last Jedi trying to push a political agenda. However, I couldn’t find definitive posts on Reddit backing that claim.
The closest I found was a video of conservative radio host Alex Jones going off on how The Last Jedi was full of “lesbians” and “It’s the same story over and over again and it’s a formula. It’s state-sponsored. It’s brainwashing.”
A more frequent concern about The Last Jedi was the disregard of any fan theories and interconnectedness in the story. Any questions about the main characters’ background, namely Rey and Finn, was dismissed as irrelevant. They shouldn’t have to prove that they were related to anyone important in the story in order to be worthy of the fight against evil. It showed that anyone in the vast universe can be important and special.
Mark Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker, even disagreed with director Rian Johnson about his character in movie saying, “He’s not my Luke Skywalker.”
The Last Jedi showed a more pessimistic Skywalker, filled with regret. Skywalker was also mischievous and caring. It was a realistic development of the character.
There were a lot of high expectations from fans. The director took numerous risks with the plot line of the story, some good and some flawed. Overall, it’s a decent movie.