Dark vs. Light: 'Star Wars' fans storm social media with dueling 'Last Jedi' opinions
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Dark vs. Light: ‘Star Wars’ fans storm social media with dueling ‘Last Jedi’ opinions


Spoiler alert! This post contains big spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Seriously, get out of here now if you don’t want to know what happens.

The critical response to The Last Jedi has been overwhelmingly positive, with reviews lauding the film for — among other things — deviating from the Star Wars norm.

Audiences online, though, haven’t been quite so enamored of the movie. As Mashable reported earlier this week, the gap between Rotten Tomatoes scores from critics vs. those from moviegoers was, at one point, a whopping 37 percent.

So what are fans taking issue with that critics aren’t? A quick look at Twitter tells us that some people just didn’t think the movie felt like Star Wars. One of the biggest points of contention was Luke’s cynicism — would the Luke we know and love really reject the Jedi the way he does in the film?

Other fans, though, are arguing that to be so attached to Original Trilogy Luke is to miss the point of the movie. In the end, after all, the Jedi as we know them must be forgotten — a new generation of heroes are primed to take their place.

Still, it’s too early to tell what place The Last Jedi will ultimately take in the franchise’s history. To be fair, the movie just came out, and a lot of fans are probably really surprised. Things like Luke’s role and Snoke’s anticlimactic death challenge what many thought was going to be the central conflict of the trilogy. 

But it’s easy to get mad about that stuff when it’s fresh and you’re still shocked. The eventual verdict from fans will likely change as the days go by and the new Star Wars becomes the norm.

In the meantime, at least there’s one thing we can all agree on: porgs are good.

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December 17, 2017
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