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Disney’s The Last Jedi is one of the most divisive Star Wars movies to ever be released and it has sparked intense debate amongst hardcore fans. Rian Johnson has gone out of his way to appease fans and detail the reasoning behind every tiny decision that he made and one of the biggest problems from fans is the portrayal of Luke Skywalker in the movie. It’s this problem that Director Kevin Smith bases his theory of why several fans hate The Last Jedi on, and it makes a lot of sense.
On his Fat Man on Batman podcast, Kevin Smith explains that fan expectations are the real reason that there is so much hate for The Last Jedi and specifically, the portrayal of Luke Skywalker. Smith says that Star Wars fans expected the Luke that they’ve grown up with.
The director continues by saying that even the way he looked in the promotional material sparked a sort of expectation in fans. He had this to say.To further his point, Kevin Smith went on to say that since director Rian Johnson did not deliver what Star Wars fans were expecting, that fans had an adverse reaction to The Last Jedi.
And that seems like a logical explanation, especially since people either hate or love things these days. There’s hardly any room for anything else anymore. Smith explains.Rian Johnson recently weighed in on a debate about Luke Skywalker’s new Force powers in The Last Jedi. Two grown men were wondering where the new powers came from and insisted that there had to be an explanation for everything. However, Johnson brought it all back to the original trilogy by saying that everything that was in there was excepted and there was no great “setup.”
Another fan chimed on to agree with Rian Johnson by stating that nobody ever wondered why the Emperor was suddenly able to shoot lightning from his hands at the end of Return of the Jedi without ever being shown doing it.
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.
It was always inevitable really, but now it’s official: Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the highest-grossing release of 2017, with Episode VIII pushing its global total to $1.2649 billion, surpassing the $1.2635 billion haul of fellow Disney title Beauty and the Beast.
The Last Jedi is the second-highest grossing Star Wars movie after 2015’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which pulled in $2.0682 billion. In total, the Star Wars franchise has now earned a whopping $9.03 billion, and has Solo: A Star Wars Story incoming this May to boost that total even further. It still trails the Marvel Cinematic Universe by a considerable amount though – with the superhero series having earned in excess of $13.5 billion, making it the biggest franchise in history.
The Last Jedi is now the tenth highest-grossing release of all time, and should go on to surpass Frozen ($1.2765 billion) and perhaps even Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 ($1.3415 billion) before it ends its run.In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi sees returning cast members Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Carrie Fisher (Leia Organa), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), Daisy Ridley (Rey), John Boyega (Finn), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), Lupita Nyong’o (Maz Kanata), Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Gwendoline Christie (Captain Phasma), Billie Lourd (Lieutenant Connix), Andy Serkis (Supreme Leader Snoke), Peter Mayhew and Joonas Suotamo (Chewbacca), Tim Rose (Admiral Ackbar), Mike Quinn (Nien Nunb) and Warwick Davis joined by new additions Jimmy Vee (Pan) as R2-D2, Kelly Marie Tran (Ladies Like Us) as Rose, Benicio Del Toro (Guardians of the Galaxy) as DJ and Laura Dern (Jurassic Park) as Vice Admiral Holdo.Star Wars: The Last Jedi is one of the ten highest grossing movies of all time.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s domestic total now stands at $591.5 million. Its foreign total has climbed to $673.4 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $1.26 billion. That’s enough to knock Beauty and the Beast out of the top ten list and take its place.
This also makes Star Wars: The Last Jedi the highest grossing film of the year domestic and worldwide. The was projected to reach $1.6 billion before the end of its run, but that was before its disappointing opening in China.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi earned $230 in its first three days in foreign markets and opened to a combined $450 million worldwide. That is the fifth largest opening in box office history.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is sixth highest grossing movie ever at the domestic box office. It was it only the fourth film in history to earn over $200 million in its opening weekend. Star Wars: The Force Awakens broke records with its $247.9 million opening. Jurassic World earned $208.9 million in its first weekend. Marvel’s The Avengers opened to $207.4 million.
The Last Jedi was a divisive movie for Star Wars fans. Kevin Smith tried to explain his theory on why that was.
I think at the end of the day audience expectation plays into that,” Smith said. “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.'”