Kevin Smith Explains Why Star Wars Fans Hate The Last Jedi

Posted 2018/01/15 0 0

Smith makes some valid points here.


On his Fat Man on Batman podcast, fan-favorite director Kevin Smith said that the real reason there is so much hate for Rian Johnson's entry in the Star Wars universe is unrealistic fan expectation, especially regarding Luke Skywalker.

"I think at the end of the day audience expectation plays into that. Like when, you know, you're like 'alright the next movie is going to be all about Luke and I've seen Luke in the trailer and I know exactly who Luke Skywalker is and now he looks like Obi-Wan so he's going to be like this version of Obi-Wan,' and then they give you a version of Luke that even Mark Hamill reportedly was like 'I don't know, is this really supposed to be Luke Skywalker? He's not the one I remember.'"

Some people, it hit them the wrong way in a big way. I’ve seen, it’s not just people going like, ‘oh, I didn’t like it,’ when they don’t like it. It’s vitriolic, as if somebody f–cked up their childhood.”

Continuing on, the director/writer also noted that The Force Awakens was better received because, among other reasons, it had the benefit of having a “nostalgia rush” to it.

“With Force Awakens you get the nostalgia rush, like, maybe we weren’t as judgy about that movie as people are being about Last Jedi because like we’re going to give you, we’re going to make three Star Wars movies, here’s the first one and there ain’t a hint of Jar Jar in it, enjoy and so the audience is ‘oh god it’s f–cking back’ and now that they’ve had that moment the next one had a tall order because you lose the joy of surprise and like your childhood is back and sh-t and now you just have to tell a real story.”

There are other reasons that people dislike The Last Jedi, but for the most part, it all has to do with the way that Rian Johnson chose to portray Luke Skywalker. The writer/director gave Star Wars fans something that they weren't expecting and Kevin Smith believes that to be the root of all of the negativity surrounding the movie. You can hear more about what the director had to say about all of the hate for The Last Jedi via The Fat Man on Batman podcast.