Top 13 Reasons Why Some Star Wars Fans Hate The Last Jedi

Author Thumbnail Jake Vyper December 18, 2017 08:38 AM

5Why Didn't Vice Admiral Holdo Just Tell Poe About Her Plan from the Beginning?

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While The Resistance is trying to survive the slow chase in space, there's much ado about Poe (Oscar Isaac) taking issue with Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo (Laura Dern) after she assumes command of the Resistance in Leia's absence. It seems that Holdo's plan is to just keep going along until all her ships run out of fuel, and it made us think that she's a traitor and the reason why the First Order was able to track the Resistance ships. Of course, Poe would be concerned about her leadership but it turns out that she actually has a plan --to secretly evacuate everyone in the shuttlecraft that would lead them to an abandoned Rebel base on the mineral planet Crait. So why doesn't she reveal to Poe about her plan rather than lead him to an eventual mutiny? 

And was Holdo's suicidal hyperspace moment necessary? Couldn't she just set the ship on autopilot and use an escape pod herself? ​

This part of the film is just dumb. 

4Rey's Parents Are Just Nobodies

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The true identity of Rey's parents is one of the biggest mysteries J.J. Abrams brought up in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and there's a bunch of theories surrounding that. Fans were excited to know the truth in The Last Jedi, especially after Rian Johnson said that the answer will be revealed in the film, but to many, the answer is difficult to swallow. The revelation that Rey's parents are "nobodies", junkers who sold their daughter for alcohol money, was disappointing for many fans who expected a lot more.

Some fans believe that Kylo Ren's story about Rey's parents isn't true and that we'll find out who they really are in Episode IX. With Abrams returning in that film, who knows? Maybe he'll provide a more satisfying revelation. 

J.J. Abrams did a great job setting up the mysteries in The Force Awakens, and it looks like Rian Johnson took the lazy way out when it comes to providing answers to those mysteries. Some fans felt fooled after seeing The Last Jedi. The theorists waited for a couple of years only to find out that those questions never mattered. As if Johnson just threw away what J.J. Abrams built. 

3Luke Skywalker Gets Force-Ghosted

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Mark Hamill's performance in Star Wars: The Last Jedi is brilliant, but many fans didn't like how the film approached his character. It's clear that Rian Johnson wanted to do something entirely new with the character and not just rehash what had come before, but in avoiding that trap, it seems that Johnson failed to meet what fans hoped for in regards to Luke. Sure, he was able to successfully stall the First Order by manifesting a Force projection of himself across the galaxy but that's about it. Rey's training with him was weak. Luke doesn't pull a Star Destroyer out of orbing using the Force, he doesn't fight in a spectacular lightsaber duel...hell, he didn't even leave Ahch-To. He just died quietly, vanishing while looking at the binary suns setting on the horizon. 

Even Mark Hamill himself disagreed with Rian Johnson's take on Luke. He told Vanity Fair back in May: “I at one point had to say to Rian, ‘I pretty much fundamentally disagree with every choice you’ve made for this character. Now, having said that, I have gotten it off my chest, and my job now is to take what you’ve created and do my best to realize your vision.’”

Back in June, Hamill walked back those remarks telling Variety that he "got in trouble" for how "inartfully phrased" that statement was. “What I was, was surprised at how he saw Luke. And it took me a while to get around to his way of thinking, but once I was there it was a thrilling experience. I hope it will be for the audience too.”

And right before The Last Jedi premiere, Hamill was still expressing doubt on Johnson's characterization of Luke. “‘It’s time for the Jedi to end?‘ Are you kidding me?” Hamill said, reiterating what he told Mashable: “I’m just saying, what could have happened between the last time we saw him and now for him to be that way? Even if it was the worst thing in the world, I said to [Johnson], ‘Jedis don't give up.‘”

While Rian Johnson recently said that Luke's demise was necessary to give focus to the new characters, Hamill is still throwing doubt about Johnson's take: “Well, I’m still in denial,” Hamill joked. “I just think he transported somewhere else.”

2That Canto Bight Subplot With Finn and Rose

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While the Resistance fleet is trapped in a slow chase with the First Order, led by General Hux (Domnhall Gleeson) and Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis), Finn (John Boyega) and Rose (Kelly Marie Tran) go on a side mission to find a master hacker in Canto Bight, the Abu Dhabi/Las Vegas/Golden Saucer version of the galaxy far, far away. This controversial subplot has been criticized for having little impact on the film's plot, but that's not the only reason why some believe that the Canto Bight plot was unnecessary. There also seems to be a lack of emotional growth in Finn and Rose's quest. Several characters go on inner journeys in The Last Jedi and come out the other side changed in some way, and Finn is definitely not one of them. That's why the kissing scene between the two characters in Crait felt somewhat forced. 

It seems that Rian Johnson just decided to include a Cloud City-like scene in the film without giving it much significance to the whole story. The Cantina Bight plot featured a spectacular chase sequence with llama creatures and a glitzy setting of the wealthy who profit by selling weapons to the First Order and the Resistance, but it also had some dumb moments. Did they really get jailed for a parking violation? Did BB_8 really overcome an enemy with a fusillade of poker chips? Of all the jail mates Finn and Rose had, they had the one they exactly needed to escape, Benicio del Toro's character, DJ. And how did Finn and Rose even manage to escape the space chase undetected and make it on time? 

Sure, this side mission gave Finn more purpose to the story. His role in The Last Jedi would probably be more boring without it, and Canto Bight is an interesting new world introduced in the Star Wars lore, but the film could exist without it. 

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