Where you love it or hate it, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is one of the highest grossing Star Wars movies of this current Skywalker Saga. It went on to make $1.3 Billion in revenue, and it earned a critic score of 91% on Rotten Tomatoes.
But, that doesn’t eliminate the fact of the film didn’t live up to the expectations of a lot of fans. Granted, the majority of the backlash stemmed from the overall fact of the cast was a very diverse cast, and more diverse than the previous films.
Domhall Gleeson, who played General Hux in the film, recently spoke to The Times about the backlash the film got, and he had mentioned that if a character’s gender or ethnicity are involved in your criticism, he not going to read them.
“Having a problem with a female lead or a diverse cast? That doesn’t even cross my mind as being an issue, because if that’s a problem for you, then your opinion doesn’t matter to me. If you’ve paid the money, you’ve bought the right to an opinion. But, also, movies have to change.”
Gleeson also had this to say in regards to catering to the critics of the saga:
“Well, this is where my eagerness not to cause waves probably perks up, but I’ve not been aware of any corrective measures. It just feels like the third part of a trilogy.”
Now, J.J. Abrams who directed The Force Awakens and is currently directing Episode IX has recently spoken to Indiewire, and he mentioned that the hate The Last Jedi is getting will not be influencing/impacting his vision for the final chapter of the Skywalker Saga.
“Not in the least. There’s a lot that I would like to say about it, but I feel like it’s a little early to be having the Episode IX conversation … I will say that the story of Rey and Poe and Finn and Kylo Ren — and if you look, there are three men and one woman, to those that are complaining that there are too many women in Star Wars — their story continues in a way that I couldn’t be more excited about and cannot wait for people to see.”
Episode IX is hitting theaters next December, and it should hopefully receive praise, and not lots of hate like The Last Jedi did.