Kevin Smith thinks he's nailed down why so many people are disappointed with Star Wars: The Last Jedi and his reasoning makes sense. Smith shared his thoughts with fans on the Fatman on Batman podcast (via Uproxx), and boiled it all down to fan expectation and the loss of nostalgia:
“With Force Awakens you get the nostalgia rush, like, maybe we weren’t as judgy about that movie as people are being about Last Jedi because like… we’re going to make three Star Wars movies, here’s the first one and there ain’t a hint of Jar Jar in it, enjoy, and so the audience is, ‘Oh god it’s f*cking back,’ and now that they’ve had that moment, the next one had a tall order because you lose the joy of surprise and like your childhood is back and sh*t and now you just have to tell a real story.”
I definitely agree with a lot of what Smith said here, and I've long said fan expectation often plays into a person's review regardless of whether they're a professional critic or just an average Joe. Right now, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is currently rated below Star Wars: The Phantom Menace and Star Wars: Attack Of The Clones, and I don't care how many problems you had with this film when you saw it, it's not that bad. I won't sit here and try to justify that it's one of the top three films I've seen in the franchise, but I will defend to the death it's nowhere close to Attack of the Clones in terms of being bad.
That said, fan expectation is a strong factor in audience opinions so I completely understand the disappointment of others, so I gotta ask, what did you think Star Wars: The Last Jedi would be?