Fans of Star Wars: The Force Awakens likely don't need anyone to tell them why the $1.5 billion worldwide box office record breaker is more than a mere passing amusement at the local multiplex, with die hard fans of the franchise lining up in droves to see the film for three consecutive weeks already. Featuring all of the bluster and whirlwind spectacle that director J.J. Abrams could muster, Episode VII is riding pretty high on the waves of fan approval, and should continue to mount its rise to the top as the highest grossing feature film of all time (maybe even worldwide)
However, not everyone was entirely enthralled with the latest cinematic entry from a galaxy far, far away - as one former cast member from the George Lucas directed prequels made his contrarian opinion rather boldly known.
In the video from Popcorn with Peter Travers featured above, actor Samuel L. Jackson, who played Mace Windu in Episode I, II, and III, was quick to offhandedly dismiss the new batch of lightsaber wielding youngsters in Abrams' new film, making the disparaging comment that, "I think the kids need to go to lightsaber fight school." While he was quick to say that the new movie was decidedly in the spirit of the well-beloved science-fiction franchise, that didn't stop Jackson from taking some playful potshots at the latest Star Wars installment.
Such words of world-wearied skepticism coming from Mace Windu himself are certainly something to ponder as fans contemplate how much they love the new film. Jackson also appeared to discuss his work on the Star Wars prequel films, and his entire career, in more depth on Late Night with Seth Meyers in the second video featured above, and comes off as otherwise genuinely appreciative of the continuing relevance of the Star Wars franchise going forward.
Jackson might take some flack for taking a few swipes at The Force Awakens considering he's an alum of the not-so-beloved Star Wars prequel trilogy. Still, considering that the actor portrayed one of the stronger roles in the prequel film trilogy, many a Star Wars fans should be willing to let bygones be bygones, and allow Mace Windu to have his own opinions about the latest batch of Jedi Padawan.
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens is now in theaters, and will be followed by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on December 16th, 2016; Star Wars: Episode VIII on May 26th, 2017; and the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25th, 2018. Star Wars: Episode IX is expected to see theatrical release in 2019, followed by the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.