The Last Jedi has been an extremely polarizing film among Star Wars fans despite its huge success at the box office, and that polarization was reflected in the Killing Time community’s rating of Episode VIII. While the #1 response was a 10, the #2 response was a 1. Every number got votes, and the ranges were so wild, that I thought it might be more instructive to break out….math. We’ve run polls after each Disney Star Wars film giving the KT community a chance to offer their rating on each. I went back into the archives, and instead of percentages, I calculated the weighted average for each film. Here’s what I found: Star Wars: The Last Jedi – 6.197 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – 8.614 Star Wars: The Force Awakens – 7.585
My review of Episode VIII was very mixed, but not too far off in score from the community average. I have spent a month mulling over Episode VIII. I have to say I feel less charitable toward the film the more I think about the ramifications for the Saga going forward. Star Wars fans nitpick. We do. But The Last Jedi has huge problems just as a film in terms of pacing, and while technically near-perfect, the impact that Rian Johnson’s choices have for the future of the franchise are deeply unsettling, as are the number of inexplicable plot holes that riddle the film. If I didn’t know Johnson was such a fan, I would think he hadn’t seen a Star Wars film before, because there are things in this film that just are NOT Star Wars. But it also has brilliant moments. It’s a maddening film, and-to be honest-I’ve not gone through it as much as I would normally because it’s so frustrating to me. I don’t know what it’s legacy will be, but in terms of ranking it, I’d only put it ahead of Episode I & II.
The next poll will be our biggest of the year: our SIXTH annual reader’s choice for Best Film of the Year (which has been won the last two years by Star Wars films).
Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week. This weekend one awards contender goes wide and one tired horror franchise kicks off 2018’s slew of upcoming franchise installments. Continue reading In Theaters This Week (1/5/2018): Insidious 4→
There are no new, wide releases on the final weekend of 2017. I did neglect to include three films in the 11 movies the opened around the Christmas weekend. Molly’s Game (written and directed by The West Wing’s Aaron Sorkin), All the Money in the World (directed by Ridley Scott), and The Phantom Thread (Daniel Day-Lewis’s final movie) all opened on Christmas Day, and I have placed their trailers below.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi repeated at the box office, but with 11 new competitors and mixed fan reaction, it’s total barely stayed in triple digits at $101 million (though that number is in contention; some have it at $99 million). This was enough to make Episode VII already #3 in 2017 domestic box office and it will pass Wonder Woman for #2 this weekend. Internationally, the film has made $815 million, and will likely move from #10 to #4 for the year by weekend’s end. We’re one weekend away from a 47-5 record for the year and a 90% prediction rate so I’m staying with The Last Jedi for at least one more week, but this weekend will be where we see just how the split in the fan base affects the box office.
VOTE VOTE VOTE! If you haven’t already voted, The Last Jedi review poll will remain up until January 5th. Currently 1/10 is winning followed by 10/10. Every number from 1-10 except one has been used to rate this film which is polarizing the Star Wars fan base. Don’t wait, get your vote in before the polls close.
Following this poll will be the Most Anticipated Films of 2018, and the our biggest poll of the year: our SIXTH annual reader’s choice for Best Film of the Year (which has been won the last two years by Star Wars films…though that’s not looking like a solid lock this year).
The Last Jedi is rolling through box office barriers. It’s passed $300 million domestic and $600 million international in gross and it hasn’t even opened in China yet. The film, however, has sharply divided Star Wars fans as to some of the critical events. I’ll weigh in with more details on what I thought after the holidays, but here with a VERY SPOILER INTENSIVE REVIEW is none other than Auralnauts’ Kylo Ren. For Kylo’s thoughts on The Last Jedi going into the film or his review of Rogue One click on the link and enjoy.