‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ became one with the force this weekend as it soared to the second highest domestic opening of all time, only falling behind to it’s predecessor ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’. This wasn’t the surprising thing to come out regarding the film, as it was expected to perform really well, but the surprise comes in the feedback audiences have given in regards to the film. The film did really well critically, achieving a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes, but on the other side of the spectrum, it currently sits at a 56% Audience score, the lowest for any ‘Star Wars’ film.
People have complained and criticized the film for “ruining Star Wars,” as well as other critiques that enter the spoiler side of things. One person who has responded to this low score was Walt Disney Studios President of Theatrical Distribution Dave Hollis. He mentions how Disney is not worried about these scores at all, and that the conversations this film sparks up will lead to good word-of-mouth for the holiday weekend. The entire statement reads:
“Rian Johnson, the cast, and the Lucasfilm team have delivered an experience that is totally Star Wars yet at the same time fresh, unexpected and new. That makes this a Star Wars film like audiences have never seen – it’s got people talking, puzzling over its mysteries, and it’s a lot to take in, and we see that as all positive, that should help set the film up for great word-of-mouth and repeat viewing as we enter the lucrative holiday period.”
A lot of the consensus from all viewers is that the film is a bold one that takes risks never before seen in the franchise. These risks are what separates many fans’ opinions, some loving them, and some completely hating them. The low audience score didn’t affect the box office at all, and it seems that the box office juggernaut isn’t stopping anytime soon.
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi is now playing in theaters.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi– Luke Skywalker’s peaceful and solitary existence gets upended when he encounters Rey, a young woman who shows strong signs of the Force. Her desire to learn the ways of the Jedi forces Luke to make a decision that changes their lives forever. Meanwhile, Kylo Ren and General Hux lead the First Order in an all-out assault against Leia and the Resistance for supremacy of the galaxy.