[SPOILERS for The Last Jedi.]
Our latest original video tackles what went wrong in the original pitch meeting for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. This follow-up to JJ Abram's The Force Awakens had high expectations, to say the least. As the 8th episode in one of Hollywood's most beloved franchises, The Last Jedi had the weight of the galaxy on its shoulders, so occasional disappointments were more or less inevitable.
In the end, the movie that brought Luke Skywalker back into the action turned out to be a success. Scoring a 93% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, as well as $450 million worldwide on its opening weekend, The Last Jedi did the series justice. That said, though, it also has the lowest audience score on Rotten Tomatoes out of all the other Star Wars films. So, in that respect, it's a very divisive movie.
In our interpreted take on what may or may not have gone down in the official pitch meeting for The Last Jedi, we touch on some unexpected creative choices. For one, there is the fate of Supreme Leader Snoke. He gets a major, ominous setup in The Force Awakens, only to fall victim to emotionally-motivated negligence (a.k.a. he just dies). Granted, Episode IX may still dish out some plot-satisfying backstory to his character, but he appears to have strictly been a character-arcing plot device for Kylo Ren from the looks of it. Time will tell. From there, the lack of Force Awakens payoffs extend to a few other topics, including Rey's family tree and Luke Skywalker's cliffhanger reaction to Rey.
And yes, there may or may not be one of the most noticeable signs that Disney now owns the rights to Star Wars. Emily Blunt will star as the titular governess in Mary Poppins Returns next year, but Carrie Fisher kind of beat her to the punch in one of The Last Jedi's more questionable moments of Force-sensivity...
At the end of the day, though, the Star Wars franchise is no stranger to imperfection. The prequels were arguably ripe with plenty of flaws, and even the original trilogy wasn't quite as unblemished as nostalgia would have you believe; so it was basically predestined that this new generation would experience a few bumps and bruises of its own. Movie preferences are subjective, and this is especially true with Star Wars, so one man's flaw could easily be another man's most treasured moment. Just keep in mind that, despite a few minor kinks, the Force is still most definitely strong with this one.
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