AceShowbiz - "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" has sparked so many conversations among fans of the cult sci-fi franchise. While the movie has become a box office hit and earned rave reviews from critics, it has received mixed responses from fans.
A fan took to Twitter to ask director Rian Johnson if it's good thing that the film had polarized fans. The helmer responded, "The goal is never to divide or make people upset, but I do think the conversations that are happening were going to have to happen at some point if sw is going to grow, move forward, and stay vital."
The goal is never to divide or make people upset, but I do think the conversations that are happening were going to have to happen at some point if sw is going to grow, move forward and stay vital.— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) December 21, 2017
Fans' criticism mostly runs around the film's depiction of Luke Skywalker, aspects of the Force, and other subplots. Many have pointed out that the trigger of the online backlash was racism and sexism against a film that displays a wide range of female leadership and heroic actions from a diverse cast.
Marking Carrie Fisher's final appearance as General Leia Organa, the eighth installment of the sci-fi movie franchise also brings back Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels and many others. Benicio Del Toro, Academy Award nominee Laura Dern and Kelly Marie Tran are among the new cast members.
After released in the U.S. on December 15, the movie soared atop the domestic chart with $220 million in its first weekend. It scored the second highest opening of all time, behind its predecessor "Star Wars: The Force Awakens".