Star Wars fans have set up a petition calling on Disney to remake the most recent film The Last Jedi.
The latest instalment in the Star Wars saga has been divisive to say the least, with fans arguing over whether it’s actually any good or not.
Although it’s secured some rave reviews from critics, audiences are split with many taking to Twitter to discuss the film:
When I interviewed everyone for #TheLastJedi they described the script as “unexpected”. This was NOT an understatement. I’m a wreck! Hell of an emotional rollercoaster. Hell of a film. For details you’ll have to wait for tomorrow’s review. pic.twitter.com/TU06H6VUK4
— James Dyer (@jamescdyer) December 11, 2017
The Last Jedi was horrendous. So incredibly awful, I can't even find the words to describe the terribleness. The hate is flowing through me.
— Matthew Gagnon (@MatthewGagnon) December 16, 2017
Second time seeing #thelastjedi has left me with two thoughts. 1. how can people describing this as the Episode One of the saga say that with a straight face and 2) when was it decided that Attack of the Clones wasn't the worst Star Wars film? pic.twitter.com/u086bIxB8S
— Tom Percival (@twpercival1) December 16, 2017
So yeah, the Last Jedi is without doubt the worst Star Wars movie to date. It was a lot of poorly executed half baked ideas with some of the worst dialogue in a Star Wars movie. Not to mention god awful pacing. I’ve never been so disappointed over a Star Wars movie in my life.
— Jacob (@FrankZappa117) December 16, 2017
One fan was left so angry after watching The Last Jedi he decided to set up a petition calling on Disney ‘to strike Star Wars Episode VIII from the official canon’ so the events of the film would never have happened in the saga.
Instead it would just be a standalone film despite its ties to the rest of the series.
Only a week after the release of The Last Jedi, Star Wars fanatic Henry Walsh has called for the instalment to be remade in order to save ‘the legacy of Luke Skywalker’.
Star Wars has long been a story about two things – the Jedi and Luke Skywalker. After over 260 novels where we could follow the adventures of that great hero you, the Walt Disney Company decided to strike all of that from the official canon and wiped out three decades of lore.
We were excited to see Episode VII to see how our heroes’ lives turned out since you took away what we knew. We saw the death of Han Solo, we saw less than a minute of Luke Skywalker.
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. 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.
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.
At the time of writing, the petition has been signed by over 11,000 fans, who’ve also been left angered by the most recent episode.
It appears the film has left many viewers upset and of course, they have every right to complain and start a petition.
However, it shouldn’t be forgotten, Star Wars is just a made-up space opera about a group of intergalactic wizards who like to play around with laser swords.
As a massive fan myself, I understand people are passionate about the franchise but come on folks – is there really the need to tear into each other and allow ourselves to become so upset over what, at the end of the day, is a silly film?
Of course Disney won’t remake it considering just how big Star Wars is and how many millions goes into making the films, but it will be interesting to see if they react.
But for now can we just respect each other’s opinions please as everyone has the right to their own!
Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.