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Top 5 Legitimate Gripes With Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Written by Matt Wende As probably the most divisive film in the most popular franchise of all time, Star Wars: The Last Jedi has garnered its fair share of criticism and then some, but is any of this fan backlash warranted? WatchMojo has compiled the Top 5 Most Relevant Complaints so that you can decide whether the film really is garbage or an instant classic. Let us know what you thought of the films pacing, the Canto Bight plot line with Finn and Rose, and Luke's character departure and all the jokes! Watch on WatchMojo: Have an idea for our next video? Submit your suggestion here: WatchMojo.commy/suggest.php

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Since 1977, no other Star Wars film has divided audiences quite like The Last Jedi. Welcome to and today we’re taking a look at the Top 5 Legitimate Gripes with Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Whether you thought it was the best since Empire, or the worst since the Phantom Menace, here are 5 things that we understand not being sold on. Just so it’s said, here at WatchMojo we loved it, and don’t necessarily agree with these points, but can totally understand fans’ issues with them. Also, be warned, this list is strong with spoilers.

#5: Pacing Was Off

As the longest Star Wars film so far, the The Last Jedi was always at risk of dragging on. This was only made worse by the fact that it had multiple climaxes. First in the daring escape from First Order, then the showdown in Snoke’s chamber, then ANOTHER battle on Crait before Luke finally shows up and psyches out Kylo Ren. Some criticized that it seemed to borrow from and combine plot points from both The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, like some kind of narrative Hail Mary. This wasn’t helped by the fact that a handful of scenes felt completely unnecessary to the plot, but more on that later.

#4: Build-Up from the Previous Film Was Dashed

Episode VII, the Force Awakens, was the beginning of a new era for Star Wars, and it introduced a lot of new elements and big questions. Who are Rey’s Parents? Where did Snoke come from? Why is C-3PO’s arm red? All pressing need to know big picture stuff! The Last Jedi made an effort to subvert expectations, first by cutting down our expectations of Snoke, and then providing Rey’s true parentage as an anti-twist. Considering the hype that followed The Force Awakens, many had high expectations that never got the pay off they felt they deserved.

#3: Luke’s Character Took a Huge Turn

The protagonist of the original trilogy, Luke Skywalker is an icon with many feeling his place as a hero as beyond solidified. That’s why when it turns out that he’s abandoned most of his principles and even considered killing one of his students, many were beyond miffed with this drastic character departure. Even Mark Hamill butted heads with Director Rian Johnson over where the character was going. Obviously the filmmakers felt the need to give his character some depth and struggle, and in doing so made his past tragically similar to that of Obi-Wan’s, much to the chagrin of some fans. For fans though, this went from insult to injury when he magically found new powers they had never seen before.

#2: The Jokes Were Out of Place

Johnson worked hard to make The Last Jedi not only his own, but also a departure from past star wars movies. Part of that involved injecting humor into the script. While humor and jokes have never been completely foreign to Star Wars, a few of the jokes were definitely off-putting. The Joss Whedon-esque prank call at the beginning set a bad tone for a lot of fans, and during one of Rey and Ren’s force-Kkype calls, she asks him to put a shirt on. Though she was probably just tired of seeing his ridiculously high pants. Either way, a growing number of fans have stated that the jokes went for a cheap laugh and felt largely out of place in a Star Wars film.

#1: The Entire Casino Planet Plotline Was Pointless

While Canto Bight may have provided a commentary on war profiteering, many fans felt the whole movie would have just been better without it. The escape and ensuing chase scene on the back of the fathiers felt like it was in the wrong movie, but even taking a step back from that, Finn and Rose were there on a mission that ended in failure and accomplished nothing. In fact, bringing Benicio Del Toro’s DJ into the mix actually got a ton of resistance fighters killed! It seems like it could have all just been solved in Holdo had let the Poe in on her plans. It’s a big lesson for Poe, but many can’t shake the feeling that it was just unnecessary.

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