Star Wars: The Last Jedi - 13 Audacious Moments That Have Divided Fans

Did anyone anticipate Episode VIII polarising audiences this way?

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Reader advisory: this article HUGE spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

As soon as the trailer showed Luke Skywalker declaring "this is not going to go the way you think," and Kylo Ren appearing to kill his mother Leia and offer a hand in friendship to Rey, it was apparent that Star Wars: The Last Jedi was setting itself up as a bold, risky episode in the beloved space opera.

However, few anticipated writer-director Rian Johnson's film being quite so bold as it is - or as divisive as it is proving to be.

A look at The Last Jedi's Rotten Tomatoes page (while not the be-all and end-all of the matter) is a fair reflection of the divided reaction: at the time of writing, the film has the approval of 93% of critics, but only 56% of the audience.

While those of us who were blown away by The Last Jedi (this writer very much included) may be struggling to understand the rage and contempt it has attracted in some quarters, it was clearly always going to inspire strong reactions, given how hard it strives to subvert expectation.

There's an irony here. The Force Awakens was quite reasonably criticised for pandering too closely to the structure of the original Star Wars - yet most of the anger The Last Jedi has inspired is down to how far it breaks with convention.

For some, this is exactly what Star Wars needed; for others, it's a case of be careful what you wish for.

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