6 Celebrities Who Hated The Force Awakens
The Force Awakens is one of the most polarising Star Wars movies to date. I guess you either love all of the callbacks to the original trilogy, or – well, you hate it. But it's not just members of the public who have voiced their disapproval of Episode VII, as a number of big names have also come forward to vent their disappointment or anger. So, with that in mind, here are 6 celebrities who hated The Force Awakens.
Number 06. Brian Quinn
Comedian and lifelong Star Wars fan Brian Quinn is all for having fun. If you've ever seen the prank show Impractical Jokers, you'll know exactly what I mean. So it should come as no surprise that he disliked the way in which Return of the Jedi's happy ending was thwarted by the bleak tone of Episode VII. What's more, Quinn has criticised the character arcs of both Han Solo and Luke Skywalker:
"They've taken every victory at the end of Jedi and completely thrown it out the window. I was like, Han Solo has spent at least the past few years of his f*****g life wandering around broke and penniless and depressed. They took the Millennium Falcon from him!"
"Now when you watch Jedi you're gonna know that Luke's gonna f**k up and get a bunch of kids killed."
It's hard to argue against Brian here. After all, Episode VII does somewhat hamper the feel good vibe of the original trilogy's conclusion. Unfortunately for Brian and anyone seeking a happily ever after, The Last Jedi is said to be even darker than The Force Awakens.
Number 05. Neil deGrasse Tyson
It goes without saying that Star Wars isn't the most scientifically-accurate series in the world. But by no means does it hamper our viewing pleasure, unless your name is Neil deGrasse Tyson – who simply couldn't ignore some of Episode VII's scientific inaccuracies. Firstly, the world renown astrophysicist wasn't happy with BB-8's movements claiming that “a smooth rolling metal spherical ball would have skidded uncontrollably on sand." And secondly, Tyson found it extremely frustrating how TIE fighters generated the exact same noise in the vacuum of space as they did in planetary atmospheres. This was all topped off by his comments on Star Wars fans who fired back at his very own. Apparently, we're “a prickly bunch.”
Number 04. Max Landis
One of the biggest complaints about The Force Awakens is how competent Rey is with nearly every skill you could imagine. One such critic is American screenwriter, producer, and director Max Landis, who labelled Rey as a “Mary Sue”. Which, for those who don't know, is a low-ranking or young character archetype who saves the day through unrealistic abilities. But that's only the tip of the iceberg, as Landis also called many of the characters one-dimensional. In particular, he called out Finn, stating that he had less depth in an entire movie than Lando Calrissian did in his few scenes of the original trilogy.
Number 03. Samuel L. Jackson
Yes, even Mace Windu himself has criticised Episode VII. However, the former Jedi Master wasn't disappointed by any of the aforementioned points. Rather, as expressed during an interview with Peter Travers of the Rolling Stone magazine, Jackson wasn’t a fan of the acting and lightsaber combat:
"It's done in the spirit of the Star Wars films. It's adventuresome and exciting in a way. I think the kids need to go to lightsaber fight school, but that’s just me thinking that. They've got time to get better.”
I'm sure John Boyega, Daisy Ridley and Adam Driver would kindly disagree.
Number 02. William Shatner
In this short and miserable life, you're either a Trekkie or a – hmm, what are Star Wars fans called? Warriors? Star travellers? Sith? Anyway, there doesn't appear to be any middle ground when it comes to the battle for sci-fi supremacy. As a result, former Captain of the USS Enterprise William Shatner has very little time for the galaxy far, far away, especially for The Force Awakens. In his words, the movie is a complete ripoff, though not it the way you may be thinking. Instead of “stealing” ideas from the original trilogy, Shatner noted Captain Phasma's uncanny resemblance to something from Battlestar Galactica and how the Resistance pilot uniform was “stolen” from television series Space: 1999. Shatner then went on Twitter to vent such frustrations, writing:
"those who can, do Star Trek; those who can't, do Star Wars."
Number 01. George Lucas
While things between George Lucas and Disney currently look to be in good health, touch wood, their past relationship has proven to be a bumpy ride. When not calling the company he sold the rights to Star Wars to “white slavers”, Lucas was complaining about Episode VII's retro approach:
"They wanted to do a retro movie. I don’t like that. Every movie I work very hard to make them completely different, with different planets, with different spaceships, make it new."
Despite these comments, however, it appears George was simply feeling a little bitter, as he later apologised for his remarks, before praising J.J. Abrams' work. Here's hoping the creator of Star Wars gives The Last Jedi a fairer review...
So, there we have it; 6 celebrities who hated The Force Awakens. Were there any that we missed? Let us know in the comments below, as well as your own opinion of Episode VII.