Frank Pollata of CNN reports on an interview with Rian Johnson and Mark Hamill at the South by Southwest Conference. I’ve written previously how it seems that Mark Hamill’s more recent comments have taken a turn against the fans, and here we get more of that.
Johnson: The thing is though, “no” in terms of, “Oh wow, they’re right, I shouldn’t have done that,” but “fair” in terms of every single “Star Wars” thing that comes out, every fan has stuff they love, stuff they hate about it. Every movie has its lovers and its haters. Every single one going back to the originals.
Johnson: Yeah, “Empire” would have gotten roasted. If you look at the criticism of “Last Jedi,” can you imagine what they would have said about Luke just getting his ass handed to him by Vader? Oh my God.
What’s actually unfair is the effort to compare the criticism of The Last Jedi with criticism of The Empire Strikes Back as part of the larger effort to tear down the Original Trilogy, in a vain attempt to elevate the Sequel Trilogy, thereby making them both equal. It’s vain because all one has to do is pop in the DVDs for both films and watch them, thus making any argument either way utterly meaningless. The Last Jedi is no Empire Strikes Back.
But the argument is circling the internet anyway, and it’s always silly every time it’s repeated.
Granted, there was no internet as we know it now in the 1970s or 1980s. But we didn’t live in caves. We had communication. We had fanzines. We had Fan Clubs. We had letters to the editors of Starlog and other publications. We had telephones. Heck, we even had internet bulletin boards in the 1980s. You can watch the film War Games starring Mathew Broderick to get a sense of how that worked. But more importantly, stars and directors received fan mail, through the old fashioned U.S. Postal Service. Mark is old enough to know all of this.
But is the argument they’re honestly making here is that no one would know that The Last Jedi sucks were it not for the internet? Even if that could be true, how would that be good for anyone?
Furthermore, those who have followed George Lucas’ career know that he’s always been a pretty good business man. He produced each film with the profits he earned from the previous film. So if The Empire Strikes Back were as poorly received as SJWs are now suddenly claiming when it’s convenient to do so, then Return of the Jedi would never have been produced.
The CNN interview continued:
Hamill: Yes, exactly. In those days you really had to take a lot of effort and sit down and say, “Dear Mr. Hamill, why did you turn Harrison Ford into a coffee table? This is not right.” Now, it’s wallop and send. It’s so easy. Pure hatred can be delivered directly to your home in a nanosecond.
Johnson: But that’s also the other side of the coin of what’s great about “Star Wars” fans… Everyone is so passionate about it.
Thanks for telling us how we feel, Mark. I guess psychiatry is a Force power now. Why not? Everything else is.
The only people I’ve seen feel entitled, are the SJWs who have been screaming their demands at Lucasfilm as to what kind of characters and actors ought to appear on screen and in print.
I understand that for Mark Hamill his time with Disney has likely been an emotional roller coaster ride. So I’d like to cut him some slack here.
But at some point I’d like to think that Mark Hamill will be open to considering the possibility that the movie just isn’t very good. Blaming the fans for not liking your movie is never good policy. Particularly not the fans who defended Mark when they thought that Disney was mistreating him.