‘The Last Jedi’ was a divisive film. It got excellent reviews and made $1.3 billion at the box office, but some fans downright hated it and there is a movement to boycott upcoming ‘Star Wars’ movies. There may have already been one casualty– last year’s ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’. Then again, maybe that bombed based on its own merits. But some fans have chosen to boycott ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ when it opens in December and are urging others to do the same.
Anthony Daniels, who has played fussy droid valet C-3PO since the original 1977 ‘Star Wars’ film, ‘A New Hope’, doesn’t think the anti-‘The Last Jedi’ sentiment will hurt the performance of the upcoming ‘Rise of Skywalker’, the final film in the “Skywalker Saga.”
While in Paris to promote his new memoir, ‘I Am C-3PO — The Inside Story’, Daniels held a press conference, during which, he spoke about the new flick. (Translation via Reddit user Futur_alliance via Star Wars Net News):
“[He] is aware of the fan division, reads and hears that some fans are saying they will never watch TROS, says he doesn’t believe it because this film is the final one, and he believes they’ll be first in line… [He] says everyone will be satisfied with the ending, called JJ a brilliant mind as well as Chris Terrio, as they really gathered all the scattered storyline pieces and concluded them. Says there is something for everyone in this movie from darkside lovers to light side.”
Starting with the ‘Special Editions’, then the prequels, ‘Star Wars’ fans have become more and more disillusioned with the franchise. While ‘The Force Awakens’ and ‘Rogue One’ were pretty well-received across the board, things started to unravel with ‘The Last Jedi’.
It’s hard to pin down why fans don’t like it because so many of them dislike it for different reasons. Some felt it was too jokey, and others hated the depiction of the curmudgeonly Luke Skywalker, which they felt wasn’t in keeping with his past characterization. Sadly, others are repulsed by the fact that most of the main cast in the new films are women or people of color. (However, it’s not untrue that Rey comes across as a “Mary Sue.”)
If you’d rather reminisce about the good ol’ days, you can pick up Daniels’ memoir, ‘C-3PO — The Inside Story’ which is available now.
At any rate, ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ will open on December 20. Fans are free to watch it or skip it. Will you be seeing it?