TooFab was wondering why Episode VIII in the "Star Wars" saga has such bad user reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, so we went straight to the fans themselves for answers.
Spoiler alert! We do NOT recommend reading this if you have not yet seen "The Last Jedi." Proceed at your own risk...
In fact, while the sequel has a stellar 93 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes from critics, the audience score is a paltry 56 percent. Why so different?
Critics lauded the bold choices writer-director Rian Johnson made, subverting expectations and straying from what a "Star Wars" film has traditionally been. In other words, there was not nearly as much fan service as fans might have liked; major questions like the identity of Snoke and the Rey's lineage were certainly not answered in satisfying ways for most fans; and instead they got plenty of jokes and weird uses of the Force like Luke's climactic projection of self and Leia's "Mary Poppins" moment.
"This is the worst movie I've seen in quite sometime. It's hard to put into words how they've completely desecrated the Star Wars movie universe and it's almost incomprehensible to imagine how they were able to get away with it," wrote Jonathan M in a half-star review on Rotten Tomatoes. "There's not one line, not one scene, nor one moment in this movie that's worth the film its printed on. Don't bother watching, and goodbye Star Wars."
It was a sentiment echoed by fans across social media over the weekend. Here are four of the things "Star Wars" fans seemed to be the most disappointed by in "The Last Jedi."
Humor? No Thanks!
While "Star Wars" has always used humor in its storytelling, many fans felt Rian Johnson and Disney put too much humor in it, and that a lot of it was "forced" and not particularly funny. Maybe they were just sad that Han Solo wasn't around to throw quips around. Poe Dameron trolls the First Order better than anyone, though.
Okay After ALOT of thinking I can say that the last jedi was so disappointing. Major plot holes and some plot twists that don't do the characters right. And lets not start about the humor like absolute NO— Reem Az (@Reem_Az9) December 17, 2017
I will say, The Last Jedi did feel like it had too much humor. I never associated the franchise with, especially that type of humor.— Jordon Kear (@DarKnighT_0_9) December 17, 2017
Disney has ruined Star Wars . I was incredibly disappointed with force awakens and last Jedi continued that trend . They should stay out of the business of comedy and forced humor and focus on making a actual Star Wars film— Robert Moraga (@Rojomo85) December 16, 2017
Touted as a big deal -- literally -- in J.J. Abrams' "The Force Awakens," fans have spent the past two years pondering the secret origin of First Order's Supreme Leader Snoke. Who is this guy? How does he have Force powers? Is he someone we know or have seen before, just badly maimed? Johnson took those questions and simply tore them in half and threw them away, just as he had Kylo Ren do with the character.
The Last Jedi was so bad. Too long, wasted characters, silly dialogue, terrible acting, does nothing to further the story and leaves another "F you, pay me" cliffhanger. Snoke = Zombie Hugh Hefner. Wanted to love this movie, but it fucking sucks. Sorry.— Joel (@FloriduhBrewer) December 17, 2017
Wow, that was really bad. I love Star Wars, but would take jar jar in a second over this. Snoke? What was the point? Why call it the last Jedi? Disney has killed Star Wars. J.J. Abrams, good luck saving this #lastJedi— Mark Roberts (@Dreamland51) December 16, 2017
Rey Is Nobody
Another mystery fans have been pondering for a couple of years is Rey's linage. So far these "Episode" films have followed the Skywalker family line, so was she a secret twin for Kylo Ren? The granddaughter of Obi-Kenobi or somehow related to Qui-Gon Jinn? Hmmm... how about nobody. Yes, that was the big reveal and apparently she knew it all along: She's absolutely nobody and her parents are of little consequences. But were fans pissed about the answer, or that they just basically wasted two years on their elaborate theories?
The last jedi was good. But I was disappointed by the reveal of Rey’s parents— branster5890 (@branster5890) December 17, 2017
A little bit about The Last Jedi. Who the F is Supreme Leader Snoke? Background story? No? Knight of Ren? Where are they? Rey’s parents? Where? Captain Phasma just [SPOILER] like that? Draggy. Fight scenes? Excellent! Ending? Boleh laa. Tunggu review penuh. #TheLastJedi— Jul (@zulfaqar1994) December 17, 2017
Possibly the most bizarre moment in "The Last Jedi" is when the cockpit is blown out of the resistance fighter, killing everyone in the command staff except for Genderal Leia. Apparently, she can hold her breath in the vacuum of space and use the Force to pull herself back to the ship, totally rocking a Mary Poppins vibe the whole time. It was a triumphant moment for the Resistance, but a polarizing one for fans. They love Leia, but WTF did they just watch?
Last Jedi was awful throughout but Leia floating through space like Mary Poppins was the standout moment in terms total and utter 100% shiteness.— Tom Howden (@Howden10) December 14, 2017
My favourite part of The Last Jedi was when Leia became Mary Poppins and defied the basic laws of the universe, and not one single person asked how the fuck she did that.— The Dishonoured Wolf (@DishonouredWolf) December 15, 2017
I really don't get the near universal praise for last jedi. The tone is wrong, the acting is bad, the dialogue is cheesy, the non stop comedy is cringeworthy. And Leia is apparently Mary fucking Poppins.— richard morgan (@richiem73) December 16, 2017
Quite frankly, it looks like the largest criticisms of "The Last Jedi" have less to do with its qualities as a film and more to do with how much it didn't meet the expectations of "Star Wars" fans. That's not a fault of the films, and in fact, may be one of its strongest features. It's easy to just pander to a fanbase and give them more of what they want.
Johnson chose to instead challenge those fans, pushing their idea of what "Star Wars" could do as a franchise. Considering we're closing in on the end of the original nine-film arc, and the departure of the original cast, this is an important thing to do. Fans can't force creative decisions, because inevitably they don't know what is good for them.
Plus, if we're being totally honest here, they're going to complain then, too. It's the nature of fandom.
"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" is in theaters now.