11. Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi (2017)
Alright, let's just rip the bandaid right off, shall we?
The Last Jedi ventured into uncharted territories, much to the dismay of many long-time fans. The movie, directed by Rian Johnson, took bold narrative leaps that diverged significantly from established expectations, leaving a divisive impact on its audience. At the heart of the controversy was the portrayal of iconic and legendary character Luke Skywalker, who apparently turned to a disillusioned and reclusive turn on a remote island, kind of out-of-character to those who remembered him as the hopeful hero of the original trilogy and the books and novels that were once cannon. This stark transformation is just one of the many examples in the movie and its approach to challenge and subvert legacy characters and themes - a move that did not sit well with everyone.
The narrative pacing and structure also contributed to the film's poor reception. The central plot, characterized by a slow-paced space pursuit, lacked the dynamic action and urgency traditionally associated with Star Wars, leading to a sense of narrative drag. The subplot set in the casino city of Canto Bight was a random and unnecessary addition to the plot, which took away from the attention of the central storyline without adding substantial depth or progression to the overall narrative arc. These incredibly poor storytelling choices disrupted the expected rhythm and coherence of the saga, leaving some viewers disenchanted.
Also, certain character arcs and decisions in The Last Jedi appeared pretty inconsistent with the established personalities and trajectories and forced. This led to a feeling among some fans that the film was more interested in subverting expectations for its own sake rather than serving the larger narrative and emotional continuity of the series. While The Last Jedi undoubtedly aimed to innovate and push the boundaries of the Star Wars universe, its approach to doing so resulted in a very controversial chapter that stands out for its divisive reception and its randomly odd storyline choices.