Star Wars: The Last Jedi might have received quite a backlash from fans online after the film premiered in December last year, but according to writer-director Rian Johnson, ninety percent of the feedback he's received for his first Star Wars film has been positive.
Though he's received his fair share of death threats, Johnson tells the Evening Standard in an interview that he's also gotten a lot of love and encouragement from the fanbase.
"There were death threats. It's balanced by a few things — 90 percent of the stuff I got online was not only lovely and encouraging but phenomenally thoughtful. Fans would send me essays on the movie. The other 10 percent is just loud and gets amplified. At first I was freaked out but then I realized the things people were angry about are the things I'm most proud about."
While it might be easy to assume that the divineness of The Last Jedi means that a significant number of fans absolutely hated the film, polls and surveys regarding viewers response towards The Force Awakens sequel have actually shown that a lot of fans actually appreciated the risks the film took. The thing is, The Last Jedi's haters have been especially vocal about their disappointment and outrage over the film's decision to subvert fan expectations and tweak the characterization of legacy characters like Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill).
However, while fans are entitled to their own opinion, the fact that some have gone as far as to petition to have The Last Jedi removed from Star Wars canon, and the fact that some have sent Johnson death threats, are all concerning. Guess the levels of toxicity in the Star Wars fanbase has grown over the years.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is available on Blu-Ray, DVD, and Digital HD.