The most recent addition to the Star Wars saga, The Last Jedi, has effectively driven a wedge between fans of the 40-year-old sci-fi franchise. Despite receiving near-universal acclaim from critics, with some going so far as to proclaim it as the best Star Wars film ever, others have gone as far as to launch a petition pressuring Disney to remove The Last Jedi from official Star Wars canon. And yet, there are some who are so vehemently against the film that even removing it from canon isn't enough -- instead, they want writer/director Rian Johnson to admit that The Last Jedi is "awful."
"The goal of this petition is to make sure that the oh so mighty Rian Johnson will know that we do not support his decisions, and to make sure he knows that what he created is not a masterpiece," reads the Change.org petition that's been making the rounds on social media. Cemiria Dawn, the creator of the petition, then goes on to provide a bulleted list of itemized complaints about the film, ranging everywhere from Luke Sykwalker's characterization to the "Cheap, sometimes childish humor" to the entire Canto Bight subplot with Rose and Finn. The petition even includes a bullet for "Overdoing the alien species," in which Johnson is called out for apparently not including the right type of extraterrestrial creatures in the film.
Nevertheless, Lucasfilm clearly has more than enough faith in Johnson’s vision for the franchise. Over one month before the official world premiere of The Last Jedi, Lucasfilm announced that Johnson would creatively oversee a new trilogy of Star Wars films, with the press release noting that “As writer-director of The Last Jedi, Johnson conceived and realized a powerful film of which Lucasfilm and Disney are immensely proud.”
Written and directed by Rian Johnson, Star Wars: The Last Jedi stars Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke, Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata, Benicio Del Toro as ‘DJ’, Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico, Laura Dern as Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo, and the late Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa. The film is in theaters worldwide.