In the age of social media, everyone has a voice. That’s not necessarily to say that people didn’t have a voice prior to the advent of these platforms; rather, most of us just didn’t have an outlet to have our voices and opinions heard. But nowadays, you can get on social media, Twitter especially, say something, and millions of people can potentially hear your take. Sometimes this can be a positive thing, but many times it’s the negative that gets retweeted and shared more, unfortunately.
There’s something about the human experience that sometimes allows for the negative to have a stronger impact than the positive. Someone can get a hundred compliments about, let’s say, their outfit, but if one person has something bad to say or a critique about the exact same thing they’ve been hearing good things about, that’s what sticks out.
The same thing happens with movies. The Last Jedi, directed by Rian Johnson, has been seemingly dragged through the mud by fans who weren’t happy about the film. They’ve complained about the direction, plot points, and everything else that didn’t meet their personal expectations, but if you look at the overall reception, it isn’t nearly as negative as you would think.
For some reason, “fans” believe that it’s okay to lash out on social media towards someone who was simply doing their job to the best of their ability. It’s never easy to take an established franchise like Star Wars and put your own spin on it. This is something Logan director James Mangold is also going to do as he helms the upcoming Boba Fett standalone film. Mangold recently took to Twitter to speak about the danger of fans spewing venom at artists who are trying to create films in this day and age:
“At the point when work writing & directing big franchises has become the emotionally loaded equivalent of writing a new chapter of The Bible (w/ the probable danger of being stoned & called a blasphemer), then a lot of bolder minds r gonna leave these films 2 hacks & corp boards.”