“The Last Jedi” Disappoints Fans

Zoe Robinson, Staff Writer

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“Star Wars” fans across the globe had waited two years for “Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi” to premiere in theaters last month.

After “Episode VII: The Force Awakens,” released in 2015, and the standalone “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” released in 2016, did extremely well with both critics and the general public, expectations were high for “Episode VIII.”

However, the ratings it received were not the ratings we were looking for.

According to Rotten Tomatoes, critics gave “The Last Jedi” a solid 90 percent, three points lower than “The Force Awakens” and five points more than “Rogue One.”

On the other hand, the audience score showed an enormous difference with an overall 50 percent, 38 points fewer than “The Force Awakens” and 37 points fewer than “Rogue One.”

What aspects caused such a dramatic drop in audience ratings?

“There was too much comedic relief in the movie,” senior Evan Billiter said. “There always had to be some sort of snarky comment that relieved pressure. It seemed like there weren’t any serious scenes.”

Many of these “snarky comments” came from ex-Jedi Luke Skywalker.

Mark Hamill, who has played Skywalker since the 1977 film “A New Hope,” received much more screen time during “The Last Jedi” as opposed to “The Force Awakens,” in which he only appeared at the ending of the film after Skywalker was found on an island he had isolated himself on for many years.

The screen time he did receive was not what he had expected.

“I almost had to think of Luke as another character. Maybe he’s ‘Jake Skywalker,’ he’s not my Luke Skywalker,” Hamill said in an interview posted to YouTube.

And Billiter felt the same.

“I agree with Mark Hamill’s quote,” Billiter said. “The way (the director) wrapped up his Jedi legacy was a bit weak.”

Lucasfilm will be releasing another spinoff this December, centering on the life of Han Solo and “Star Wars Episode IX” will be released in December 2019.

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“The Last Jedi” Disappoints Fans