Why Fans Are Divided Over The New Star Wars Movie
Since the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens back in December 2015, it seems like every year will close with a new installment of the beloved saga, with sequels and spinoffs confirmed at least until 2020. But after two huge consecutive successes (Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015, and the spinoff Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in 2016), it comes as a surprise that this year’s release has had an unclear reception by the fans so far.
Last Friday, December 15, was the worldwide premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, also known as Star Wars: Episode VIII. Without spoiling anything, fans of the saga, particularly the most invested fans that have extensive knowledge on everything about Star Wars, have voiced some strong opinions via Twitter, Youtube, Facebook, Reddit, among other social media sites.
The outrage seems to be about certain plot points that weren’t executed as a lot of fans expected, resulting in a very divided reception to the movie, something that has never happened before with any of the previous ones. The Last Jedi obtained a 53% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, while simultaneously getting a 93% based on reviews done by critics.
These statistics show two interesting facts: one, that this movie has managed to split its fans almost exactly in half, one reacting positively to it and the other responding negatively. The second fact shown by the percentages is the huge gap between the audience and the critic reception, something that hasn’t happened with any other Star Wars movie.
It looks like this Star Wars sequel will be one of those movies people either love or hate, but it only came out Friday, so things might change during the next couple of weeks.