It’s a tough job to write a movie script with an ending everyone enjoys. It’s an even tougher job to write a satisfying ending to a movie in one of the most popular franchises ever created. According to Yahoo! Entertainment, movie buffs on Reddit have been arguing about which Hollywood blockbuster has the worst ending, and Star Wars: Episode VIII—The Last Jedi is at the top of the list for one of the worst movie endings of any film simply because nearly an entire hour of the two and a half hour film could have been left on the cutting room floor.
Social media users are still, years later, arguing about what made Star Wars: The Last Jedi a disappointment.
There will always be haters—the people who could watch even one of the best cinematic masterpieces ever created and still have notes for the director. But when a large chunk of a popular fanbase all agrees that the ending to The Last Jedi was disappointing, you know there’s got to be some merit to it. Star Wars fans have taken to Reddit to discuss why The Last Jedi was so disappointing and why it belongs on the list of movies with the worst endings ever.
The argument for The Last Jedi’s ending being so terrible is that there is an entire hour’s worth of plot that could have been cut, and it wouldn’t affect the movie in the slightest. “The whole hour-long sequence searching for a hacker on the gambling planet could be deleted from the movie and have zero impact on the overall result in the movie,” a Redditor complained. Some wondered when watching the film in theaters if this sequence was included to introduce Benicio Del Toro as a new big bad, but then the character was never mentioned again, leaving the entire scene relatively pointless.
With the benefit of hindsight, Star Wars: The Last Jedi spending so much time on Finn and Rose is especially annoying following the events of Rise of Skywalker.
While this sequence in The Last Jedi could have been attributed to fan service, another Redditor pointed out that this film segment was important to the overall trilogy and the growth of the main characters. “That entire side quest was about Finn growing as a character and learning that good and evil are not as black and white as he believed,” another Star Wars fan argued. They went on to acknowledge how this scene showed Finn that there was still something worth fighting for and that all three of the main characters had to go on a journey of disillusionment in order to grow into the heroes they became.
The Last Jedi came out in 2018, three years after Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens hit theaters. After the previous film benefited from over a decade of anticipation, Episode 8 not only had to introduce new characters, continue world-building, and push forward the plot of the new trilogy, but it also had to meet the expectations of millions of fans worldwide. The film made $1.3 billion (domestically and internationally) at the box office, and at an average rate of $9.16 per ticket, that’s about 145.4 million people Lucas Films and Disney had to impress—a nearly impossible feat.
From the gambling planet to the use of hyperdrive as an offensive weapon and Luke’s sacrifice, the final hour of Star Wars: The Last Jedi is one fo the mist disappointing ever filmed.
With so many people flocking to the theaters to see The Last Jedi, it would have been statistically impossible to impress every single one of them. Still, Star Wars: Episode VIII isn’t the only film where fans hated the ending enough to place it on the list of worst movie endings ever. I Am Legend, Don’t Worry Darling, Glass, Open House, Jurassic World Dominion, and Beau is Afraid all made it into the argument as well.