There has been a lot of discourse, to put it diplomatically, about Star Wars: The Last Jedi in the sense that the movie came out nearly eight months ago and some people are still Really Upset about it. While there is nothing wrong with disliking a movie or even airing that dislike on social media this discourse has turned into personal attacks toward writer/director Rian Johnson and a few members of the cast.
These personal attacks have been the topic of conversation for months and JediNews spoke to Gary Whitta, the co-writer of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and adapting The Last Jedi into a comic, and asked him about the discourse.
I think what you mean by that when you say “the fans” is actually “a very noisy minority of fans”. Look, I would not necessarily have made every choice that Rian made because I’m not the same person or writer or fan that he is, but I respect and admire and appreciate and support every choice he did make. The film he wrote is far braver and more mature and more challenging than I could ever have written. I suspect that I would have written a more fan service-driven film that would have appeased some of that noisy minority but ultimately would have been a lesser and less important film because of it. Frankly I’m disgusted by the treatment that Rian has received, he’s not just one of the most talented film-makers working today but one of the nicest people you could ever hope to meet in any walk of life, and both he and the film he made deserve far better.
Once again this not saying that you can’t dislike the movie. Of course you can dislike The Last Jedi or any other movie you like. The creeping into mentions on social media with personal attacks are the things that need to stop. Say your peace all you want but there is no need to tag Johnson or anyone else into it. That is the thing Whitta and others find disgusting; not the fact that you didn’t like the movie.