Geeksmas day 18 and it’s a bit of a weird one today!
Despite the fact that Star Wars: The Last Jedi has smashed the box office so far and received extremely positive reviews from critics, some fans of the franchise don’t seem quite as convinced, with it being hailed as the most divisive Star Wars film yet, and that appears to have been reflected in the user score on Rotten Tomatoes. CinemaScore tells a very different story though, with the movie was given an “A” (the franchise’s third in a row) by moviegoers. ComScore has also been extremely positive with an overall score of 5 stars and 89%.
As a result, it appears as if something fishy might be going on via some of the sites where fans are able to share scores without having actually seen the movie and as many times as they please (hence why The Last Jedi has 5 on Metacritic, 7.9/10 on IMDb, and 56% on Rotten Tomatoes).
Non-Disney sources tell Deadline that this is “trolling” and that there are even Facebook pages creating bots to actually rig these numbers. Now I know what you’re thinking: “grasping at straws you are” but this dude seems pretty angry….
Regardless of this man’s campaign, what matters to Disney are the far more accurate and reliable CinemaScore and ComScore; the box office results will also boost the studio’s confidence in what Rian Johnson has delivered. Thursday’s $45M previews, Friday’s $59.8M ($104.8M including Thursday previews) Saturday’s $64M. People are going to see this movie and any kind of sour dialogue on IMDB, Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic which seems to come from cynics or ardent fans battling new fans, is not going to change that.
While there are undoubtedly plenty of people who didn’t like the movie (including at least one member of #Teambuffgeek), those user-submitted scores should be taken with a pinch of salt and most definitely won’t lead to Johnson losing that planned trilogy!
Speaking to Deadline, Disney president of theatrical distribution Dave Hollis: “Rian Johnson, the cast, and the Lucasfilm team have delivered an experience that is totally Star Wars yet at the same time fresh, unexpected and new. That makes this a Star Wars film like audiences have never seen – it’s got people talking, puzzling over its mysteries, and it’s a lot to take in, and we see that as all positive, that should help set the film up for great word-of-mouth and repeat viewing as we enter the lucrative holiday period.”
Have you seen The Last Jedi? What did you think? Are trolls deliberately trying to sabotage Disney? Probably…does it matter? Probably not…
What do you think?