In Brief: My mostly negative review is vindicated by a public that feels the same way.
A post came onto my Facebook page talking about a post I made on December 17, 2015. It said I thought Star Wars: The Force Awakens was the most fun I’d had in a theater that year and wanted to know if I wanted to re-post.
I did re-post it but with the comments you are about to read.
I said, “On that same date this year I find Star Wars: The Last Jedi to be the most disappointing movie of the year. It’s too long, too tedious in way to many places, and — worst of all — has no sense of humor. Gone is the cowboys in space fun.
Yet it’s raked in $220 million over the weekend. It is the second best North American opening in history. Heavy sigh!
I gave the film an average — though positive — rating of 3 out of 5. I assumed that I’d be inundated with hate mail and calls for my head or at the very least my job. But — as I noted in my review — the Force is with me and I feel my criticism is justified.
On Friday on Rotten Tomatoes Star Wars: The Last Jedi had a 96% critic approval rating. Today it’s down to 93%. At least a few critics agree with me. It’s boring. However, 7% gave it a negative rating. I can’t completely go there. I barely rated it fresh.
Here’s what is really telling on the Rotten Tomatoes site and it goes a long way to prove my contention that this is a good but not a great movie. On the site 93,600 or so — 56% — of viewers feel like me. Their average rating is 3.3 out of 5. That’s exactly how I viewed the movie and the same rating I gave The Last Jedi and I thought it definitely should be the last Jedi.
That’s not going to happen but it does lead to another point. I suspect many critics like movies because they think they’re supposed to like them and will be looked down upon by their readers and other critics if they don’t.
I don’t care what you think about my review of a movie. Never have.
By the way, I say that in all politeness. If you love a movie that I dislike that’s wonderful. I’m not omnipresent and don’t possess any godlike qualities. I’m just one person and what I write is one person’s point of view. All that’s different between you and me is I have an outlet or two and get paid to write my opinion.
But it’s just MY opinion. One guy. One opinion. My thoughts don’t have to be yours.
And at this point I thank the readers of Rotten Tomatoes who — by a majority vote — agree with me that this movie is a big disappointment and is just so-so. We all likely agree that Star Wars: The Last Jedi is this year’s biggest disappointment.
Click here to see my review.
Director: Rian Johnson
Stars: Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Laura Dern, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie, Anthony Daniels, Benicio Del Toro, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lupita Nyong’0
Rated PG-13 for mature themes and violence. I’ll get hate mail. I don’t mind. This is just underwhelming and without a sense of humor. Give it a passing grade but barely and a 3 on the Average Joe Movie 0 to 5 scale.
5 to 4 1/2: Must see on the big screen.
4 to 3 1/2: Good film, see it if it’s your type of movie.
3 to 2 1/2: Wait until it comes out on DVD.
2 to 1: Don’t bother.
0:Speaks for itself.
Gary Wolcott has been a movie consultant for KXL since 2014. A lifelong fan of film, he’s been a film critic in radio, television and newspaper for 25-years. Wolcott catches a couple of hundred movies a year and he sees a great many of them so you don’t have to.
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