Let's face it, there's been a fair amount of criticism of The Last Jedi. While critics are giving it very positive reviews, fans haven't been won over so easily. There are a lot of things people don't like about Star War: The Last Jedi, even more so than those who hated on The Force Awakens. Some of these critiques can be chalked up to fans being fanatical, but there really are some legitimate flaws in The Last Jedi.
Would things have been different with JJ Abrams at the helm? Perhaps. But a lot of problems with Star Wars: The Last Jedi came directly from the script, with a plot that was at once too contained and too outlandish. Of course, it wasn't all bad. In fact, it wasn't bad at all, but that won't stop fans from finding chinks in the armor.
Right or wrong, here are some of people's biggest issues with The Last Jedi. There are galactic-size spoilers for The Last Jedi within, so see the movie before reading this.
Finn And Rose's Adventure Was Ludicrous
The third subplot of The Last Jedi was Finn (John Boyega) and Rose's (Kelly Marie Tran) secret mission to travel to Canto Bight, a casino planet full of arms dealers, where they have to find a hacker whose identity they don't know, get thrown in jail for parking on the beach, and then end up finding a different but perhaps more capable hacker, DJ (Benicio del Toro), in their jail cell. They of course all escape together and DJ gets them onto the First Order's star destroyer - where he then sells them out. Fortunately, when Laura Dern flies her cruiser through the destroyer, Rose and Finn are two of the few that survive. From start to finish, their side plot is one contrivance after another, that ends with the audience apparently having to accept some sort of budding romance between them. None of it seems to work.
Leia's Death Would Have Been So Powerful
Of course when they were making this film, no one knew that the late Carrie Fisher would tragically pass after filming, so it's no surprise they wanted her to survive until the last installment of the trilogy. But the moment she was sucked out into space when things really started to look bleak for the Resistance truly should have been her departure from the story. It was devastating and so visceral to see her pulled out into the cold vacuum and slowly freeze - then she opened her eyes and flew back to the ship and it went from being one of the most powerful scenes in the entire saga to being one of the more groan-worthy ones.
General Hux Is Kind Of A Weird Punching Bag
Domhnall Gleeson's General Hux is the butt of a lot of jokes in The Last Jedi. While the character is indeed detestable, it's really hard to take him seriously as a mean, scary villain when everyone is punking him. The movie kicks off with this when Poe plays him for a fool over the intercom, and from there on out it's Hux getting slammed around with Force chokes so often and so comically that one might expect the Three Stooges to show up and bop him on the head with a hammer. While Sith treated their generals this way in the original trilogy, back then it was done to convey real terror - now it just feels like a running gag.
There Still Isn't Enough Captain Phasma
In the first movie there was a dynamic established between the mysterious Captain Phasma and Finn, but it was unclear what that dynamic was. It seemed that they kept Phasma in reserve in The Force Awakens to build anticipation for the moment when she would burst into the heart of the conflict, and yet that didn't happen in The Last Jedi. Once again, Phasma had little screen time culminating in a too-short showdown with Finn. Now, it's likely that she's still alive, but there's only one installment left - if they're still trying to hold her in reserve to give the fans a treat, it now feels forced.