How Infinity War Succeeds Where Last Jedi Couldn't: Pleasing Hardcore Fans


WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War, in theaters now.



Even though it's only been out a week, Avengers: Infinity War has seen an incredible level of success, seemingly breaking a new box office record every day. It's abundantly clear that fans adore the film with all its magnificent twists and heart-wrenching stories, many of which have been slowly unfolding for several years now. We watched characters grow and change, while others were seemingly taken from us before they ever got a chance to reach their full potential. It took us on an emotional ride, and destroyed our expectations along the way.

While that sounds incredible, Avengers: Infinity War wasn't the first film of its kind to be released in the last six months. One other major franchise release threw just as many plot twists at its fandom and had quite a large number of beloved characters to toy with as well (though nowhere near as many as was featured in Infinity War).

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Of course, we're talking about Star Wars: The Last Jedi (directed by Rian Johnson), which was the long awaited tale of Rey's apprenticeship under the legendary, Luke Skywalker. It featured the return of Star Wars veterans like the late Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill and Frank Oz as Leia Organa, Luke Skywalker and Yoda, respectively, but instead of being as positively received by fans as its predecessor, Star Wars: The Last Jedi has proven to be the most divisive in the franchise to date -- and that's even including the prequels.

Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes is a pretty good indication of just how huge the difference in reception is between the two films. The audience score for The Last Jedi stands at 47% (critic score of 91%) while Infinity War is currently at 92% (critic score of 84%). Clearly, critics overwhelmingly enjoyed both films, though that could be attributed to the fact that professional film critics are able to view and appreciate a movie from different angles than the general audience -- which may explain why donate general public doesn't feel the same way about Jedi. How is it that two films, so similar in so many ways, could be received with such contrasting reactions by their respective fanbases, both of which are considerably large and equally as passionate?

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