Star Wars: The Last Jedi might have been a commercial and critical success when it released on the big screen, however the film also became one of the most contentious entries in the Star Wars franchise. Sure, the film also had its fans, but a vocal minority couldn't help but criticize the movie for its attempts at subverting fan expectations and for its alleged "misuse" of legacy characters like Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill).
Speaking in an interview with the USA Today to help promote her upcoming film, Ophelia, sequel trilogy actress was asked about The Last Jedi and whether she was surprised by the controversy surrounding the film.
"I wasn't surprised, no. It's just a different thing. Everyone's going to have an opinion now anyway on the internet, but I also think it's fair. If people hold something incredibly dear and think they know how it should be and it's not like that, it's fair for people to think they were done wrong," Ridley told the entertainment news outlet, "It doesn't mean they were – ultimately, Rian's a filmmaker and one person can't dictate how a film is supposed to be – but freedom of expression, sure.
Ridley isn't new to controversy. In fact, the actress herself met a whole lot of controversy when she was first introduced in the Star Wars franchise. Alt right fans didn't quite like the fact that Star Wars was focusing on a female lead character instead of a male one. They complained to no end and when Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released, the film was criticized for taking way too many nods from Star Wars: A New Hope.
What were yor thoughts on The Last Jedi? Do you feel the same way as its haters? Or did you enjoy the film and how it brought the franchise to new directions?
Lucasfilm's next release, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, premieres December 20, 2019.