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LONG MOUTHS AGAPE IN A THEATER FAR, FAR AWAY

Moira Deel, Staff Reporter

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STAR WARS: The Last Jedi premiered in theaters Dec. 17, 2017. Fans who applauded and cheered as the text “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…” appeared on the screen soon turned into groans of disgust as the movie continued on. Many fans complained about everything from plot holes to pointless characters and unnecessary scenes.

Luke Skywalker, who went into solitude after failing Kylo Ren, did not want to train Rey. He left the force behind him. Fans were arguing whether or not Skywalker was slightly out of character. Even Mark Hamill who plays Skywalker mentioned how he felt like Director Rian Johnson made him act out of character, and said “Jedi don’t quit.” However, Hamill later took back what he said.  

Although the backlash, many die-hard STAR WARS fans enjoyed The Last Jedi.

“What most people do not realize is that as we get older we change…and I thought this added depth to Luke’s character,” said Star Wars buff Mr. Jaime Cavazos, social studies teacher.  “He was a broken man, someone who lost everything in and in away lost the way.  Even those people who said a Jedi would never run and hide, I say what about Yoda and Obi Wan.”

Lennard Zarndt, senior, agrees saying how he loved Skywalker’s casual sarcasm about the force to his seriousness of what was going on.

Fans were very curious how The Last Jedi would portray Princess Leia’s fate since the beloved actress Carrie Fisher died Dec.27, 2017. Directors of The Last Jedi said they already filmed her scenes before Fisher passed and would honor her in the credits in a special way. Princess Leia is the last remaining Skywalker twin and embraced Rey before the ending credits leaving fans speculating how they will handle her fate in the next movie.

Kelly Marie, who played, Rose Tico,  a new character to the sequels, had a lot of backlash to her character as fans agreed her character was useless to the plot. Also the scenes with Finn (played by John Boyega) and Rose felt very annoying to the plot fans agreed, especially the casino scene “Canto Bight.” Fans found her quotes in the movie to be very cringy too.

Fans are concerned of the sequels future since this recent installment, many have already set up a poll to remove The Last Jedi from the trilogy and it has many signatures already. On Rotten Tomatoes, The Last Jedi has a score of 49% of people who enjoyed the movie, while the prequel Attack of the Clones has a 57% approval rating.

“I feel people enjoyed Attack of the Clones more because it left us wondering what would happen to the everyone in the movie leading into Revenge of the Sith,” Zarndt said.“And The Last Jedi just left us with less anticipation and speculation for the next movie. However, Attack of the Clones is my favorite of the Star Wars Saga, so I’m a little bit biased.”

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LONG MOUTHS AGAPE IN A THEATER FAR, FAR AWAY