Star Wars: The Last Jedi debuted to rave reviews from the critics and a whopping $200 million opening weekend box office return – but not everyone is happy.
Despite racking up an impressive 93 per cent approval rating from the experts on Rotten Tomatoes, the film has garnered a 56 per cent audience approval rating, which is the lowest score recorded for any Star Wars film, ever. Even the prequels.
Some fans have even taken things one step further, launching a petition on Change.org calling for the film to be taken out of the Star Wars canon altogether.
US resident Henry Walsh is behind the online campaign calling for the film to be erased from Star Wars history and it’s a campaign that’s gathering plenty of supporters.
Over 30,000 people and counting have already signed up to show their support, with that number continuing to steadily rise.
“Episode VIII was a travesty. It completely destroyed the legacy of Luke Skywalker and the Jedi. It destroyed the very reasons most of us, as fans, liked Star Wars,” the blurb alongside the petition reads.
“This can be fixed. Just as you wiped out 30 years of stories, we ask you to wipe out one more, the Last Jedi. Remove it from canon, push back Episode IX and re-make Episode VIII properly to redeem Luke Skywalker’s legacy, integrity, and character.”
Walsh signs off with a flourish, citing the fact that Star Wars fans stayed faithful to the franchise through the Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith and deserve better.
“We stuck by you when you did things that hurt us before, so we ask you now, please don’t let this film stand. Don’t do this to us. Don’t take something so many of us loved so much and destroy it like this. Let us keep our heroes.”
Reactions certainly appear to be mixed – when loaded conducted a Twitter poll on the topic only 32 per cent of respondents said they liked the film with another 33 per cent labelling it good but not great while 18 per cent found it a little disappointing and 18 per cent hated it.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.