Star Wars: The Last Jedi writer/director Rian Johnson took the series to bold new directions in his film but many fans have taken issue with some of the film's major elements, and of course, one of them is Luke Skywalker's death.
Filmmaker Kevin Smith brought up this reason when explaining why some Star Wars fans hate Star Wars: The Last Jedi during his recent talk on his Fat Man on Batman podcast.
Here's what Kevin Smith said on his Fat Man on Batman podcast:
"I think at the end of the day audience expectation plays into it. Like when, you know, you're like ‘alright the next movie is going to be all about Luke and I've seen Luke in the trailer and I know exactly who Luke Skywalker is and now he looks like Obi-Wan so he's going to be like this version of Obi-Wan,' and then they give you a version of Luke that even Mark Hamill reportedly was like ‘I don't know, is this really supposed to be Luke Skywalker? He's not the one I remember.'
Some people, it hit them the wrong way in a big way. I've seen, it's not just people going like, ‘oh, I didn't like it,' when they don't like it. It's vitriolic, as if somebody f–cked up their childhood."
The filmmaker also noted that The Force Awakens was better received because it had the benefit of having a "nostalgia rush" to it.
"With Force Awakens you get the nostalgia rush, like, maybe we weren't as judgy about that movie as people are being about Last Jedi because like we're going to give you, we're going to make three Star Wars movies, here's the first one and there ain't a hint of Jar Jar in it, enjoy and so the audience is ‘oh god it's f–cking back' and now that they've had that moment the next one had a tall order because you lose the joy of surprise and like your childhood is back and sh-t and now you just have to tell a real story."
Smith makes valid points here that we nailed in our Top 13 Reasons Why Some Star Wars Fans Hate The Last Jedi. Sure, Luke Skywalker's Force Projection moment surprised and wowed a lot of fans, but his death following that scene disappointed so many who expected him to have more badass moments as a Jedi Master.
Do you agree with the points Kevin Smith made?
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is now showing in theaters.