Personally, I think Disney/Lucasfilm has only themselves to blame with the situation at the moment.
I firmly believe the vast majority of the criticism from the fandom has been reasonable, with people just expressing concern as to what tone/direction that Disney is taking with our beloved franchise.
These criticisms have been met with derision from the likes of Kennedy, Johnson, Abrams et al.
Perhaps if they'd just acknowledged the criticisms or just kept a dignified silence, we wouldn't be in this mess.
Unfortunately, I think the the damage is already done and the ongoing franchise has been tarnished......which to this life-long fan, is a crying shame.
Sorry Martin, couldn't disagree more.
Let me give a reason. This is not directed, but an overall impression.
Lucasfilm have gone out of their way to deliver fanboy fantasies.
These posts about race/sex/gender will look dark ages in a few years, the same way The Black and White Minstrel Shows look to us now. No matter what they do, some people will protest no matter what. They use to hate ROTJ, then the prequels came so they hated those, now these films.
I would say that probably 50% of the fanbase hated TLJ, but it appears the usual cinema goer liked it judging by box office. My God, I bet The Phantom Menace is happy
The Force Awakens is to much like the originals and didn't take enough risks so I hate it.
The Last Jedi is nothing like the originals and took to many risks so I hate it.
Why did they make this character film when I want this one.
It seems to be that no one hates Star Wars more than a Star Wars 'fan'.
I feel that this is a fantastic representation of a black or white, self righteous polarised society we have become. Just listen to any YouTube video review of any film. They all start off with what they disliked. Completely negative. I get the impression that unless its a flawless masterpiece...."its shit".
But if we take the same critics and apply to the original trilogy then the holy trinity is also full of flaws. Are we becoming grumpy old curmudgeons? Is that the reason dad and granddad didn't agree that A New Hope was the greatest masterpiece ever made?
It's important for Star Wars to be a contemporary myth at its foundation and reflecting modern day society. That's were its success endures while other films fade away. I think if the viewer sees gender over a character, then its the viewer that's the problem, not Lucasfilm.
There will be some great ones and some no so great, but essentially, it should at least be fun. I wish people were so passionate about writing messages to their political representatives about social justice, pollution, social mobility, climate change etc.
I'm over the moon with Lucasfilm, why wouldn't you be? Just seen Corellia and Mimban. I cant believe it!
I just think if the Original Trilogy was released today, I would be reading reviews saying- "that blue elephant keyboard player in Jabbas palace ruined the film for me, childhood ruined".
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but I'm become convinced that a lot of this is from Russian bots, trekkies and harry potter fans
There is promise of a ton of fanboy fantasy star wars in the pipeline. I fucking cant wait.