Daisy Ridley on fan’s issues with Star Wars: The Last Jedi – “it’s fair”

Mark Hamill has made his thoughts on Star Wars: The Last Jedi known. Now in advance of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, star Daisy Ridley addressed (Hamill and) fan backlash in a diplomatic and understanding manner.

While speaking with USA Today in promoting her new film Ophelia, Ridley was questioned if the at times very toxic fan response to The Last Jedi surprised her.

“I wasn’t surprised, no. It’s just a different thing,” Ridley said. “Everyone’s going to have an opinion now anyway on the internet, but I also think it’s fair. If people hold something incredibly dear and think they know how it should be and it’s not like that, it’s fair for people to think they were done wrong. It doesn’t mean they were – ultimately, Rian’s a filmmaker and one person can’t dictate how a film is supposed to be – but freedom of expression, sure.”

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That’s generous of Ridley considering she’s not just the face of this new franchise, but also one of the main target of obnoxious fan outrage along with co-star Kelly Marie Tran. It’s also an interesting response in that Ridley didn’t trash fans who’ve invested decades in this franchise for decades for not following along with the new vision for the series.

I’ll keep stating this for the record: Star Wars: The Force Awakens was a really fun film in the vein of Star Wars that really stopped being fun the moment it stopped exploring its own path and just became Star Wars: A New Hope 2.0. I really enjoyed it right up until the point when the First Order’s big plan was just dusting off the Death Star plans yet again. As a movie, The Last Jedi was competently made, but as a near lifelong Star Wars fan it was awful.

That said, I’m still not sure if I’ve managed to work up any excitement for Rise of Skywalker. I’ve still got some time since it won’t be in theaters until December. What do you think about Ridley’s statements?

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