Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi has started a huge Star Wars fan battle. Johnson is a big Star Wars fan, but the fans seem to be taking to social media and tearing him apart for not making the 8th episode like the movie that they had expected.
Rian Johnson recently sat with Business Insider and discussed The Last Jedi and a few of the harsh criticism. When he was asked about this controversy, he had replied that being a Star Wars fan has helped in softening this blow as he knew what he was to expect. The director had revealed that he knows how passionate these are and said that one could not please everybody. He then explains:
“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 from 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 at me on Twitter. That’s fine. It’s my job to be there for that. As 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.”
He then said that the original stories were very personal for George Lucas. Johnson explained that he could have easily made a movie that ticked all the boxes that the fans wanted, but he would be in the same situation. An alternative was for Johnson to do what he usually does best. He had shared that his interactions with the Star Wars fans have been pretty positive.
“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. And let me just add that 80-90% of the reaction I’ve gotten from Twitter has been really lovely. There’s been a lot of joy and love from fans. When I talk about the negative stuff, that’s not the full picture of the fans at all.”
There is a Facebook group that is dedicated to bringing this movie and Disney down. This being said, it is the second highest opening weekend in box office history.
Rian Johnson was given the freedom to make his creativity go wild and expand the Star Wars legacy. He did not deliver a movie that people had expected, and this which has led to a backlash but the critics are praising this movie.
The Last Jedi backlash does not seem to affect Rian Johnson and he is happy to be involved in this adventure.