Out of all of the Star Wars films, The Last Jedi is the most divisive to date. Even though its made over a Billion dollars in the global box office, it has a 50% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes and it has garnered a ton of fan backlash.
We’ve had explanations from Disney, director Rian Johnson, Lucasfilm and even some of the cast which is unheard of for a Star Wars film.
On his Fat Man on Batman podcast over the weekend, 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 grew up with. Smith even thinks the way they promoted Luke on advertising gave fans expectations that never happened. Smith said:
“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$%ked up their childhood.”
There are plenty of reasons why fans have had such hate for The Last Jedi. From Rey’s parents being nobodies to Snoke having no origin story, hands down the way Johnson portrayed Luke was the biggest no-no.
You can hear more about what the Smith had to say about all the fan backlash for The Last Jedi on The Fat Man on Batman podcast.