Film Theory: How Star Wars Theories KILLED Star Wars: The Last Jedi!


You know, you can’t get a movie that’s much more polarizing than The Last Jedi. Top critics on Rotten Tomatoes have given it a 96% certified “Fresh” rating, While audiences score it at only 49% positive. On MetaCritic, 94.5% of the reviews from critics are positive, compared to 38.2% of audience reviews. So, whose to blame for this disparity? Ryan Johnson?
Internet trolls?
Porges?! Um, as it turns out, it was….
Me??? [DRAMATIC MUSIC] *Sorry, but game theory is not here, but there is film theory.* Hello Internet!
Welcome to Film Theory! [not game theory] The only show on the internet where talking about data regression and social psychology will actually make you more popular. And speaking of popularity, you may have heard that the biggest film franchise in history had another installment open not too long ago. Ah, no. Not that one, pitches. Though I can’t imagine how they’ve come up with three movies worth of acapella puns. Female movie character: “My fellow aca-people” no puns pls Female movie character: “Oh Im Aca Gee” stop the puns Male movie character: “Listen up aca-ballers” OH MY GOD STOP WITH THE PUNS! Female movie character: “Aca-cuse me?” can i cut the pun parts out pls ugh Oh, they just shoved the word acapella into things where it really didn’t belong. So they didn’t even try Female movie character: “aca-awkward” can we this this movie again but without the horrible puns? No, I’m of course referring to Star Wars. And before I go any further,
I’m going to make two things clear 1. If you still haven’t seen the Last Jedi and have somehow avoided spoilers for over a month, but still don’t want it for you, well then, you should probably both stop watching this video now and also teach me you spoiler-repellent ways, oh intrepid navigator of the interwebs. and
2. I know that every word I’ve ever said about Star Wars to this point has been about as reliable as Hayden Christensen’s acting Christensen’s character:
“What have I done?!” well you said what have i done. But bare with me here today guys and gals because today, I’m not trying to predict Star Wars. I’ve had enough of that. Instead, I’m going to analyse it. Namely how we can explain the huge differences in response to The Last Jedi. A Lot of people loved it, particularly the critics.
“I loved it the second time.” And a lot of people hated it.
“and at this point, I hate the movie so much…” And boy! Did the haters hate it. I mean, right now, there’s a petition written for Disney to remove “The Last Jedi” Stars Wars canon and completely remake episode eight, And you would think that this is just one of those far out fringe petitions with a few dozen signatures. but oh no my friends! Over 80,000 people have signed this thing. This type of extreme divide is pretty unusual. And so I, of course, wanted to analyze what the under lying cause was. But apparently , I didn’t have to look too far for my answer.
It was me the whole time. No joke! Ryan Parker from the hollywood reporter said quote “points of disgust seem to run the gamut, but perhaps the underlying factor can be traced back to expectations borne out of wild theories stoked by fan sites and youtube channels.” Sure, but he could be talking about literally any of the dozens of great Star Wars of- Oh no wait no, it’s definitely me. quote again,
“a prime example of wild expectations not met is a fan-made video on YouTube titled “Film Theory: Rey’s Parents SOLVED” “The fan video, more than 12 minutes long, deconstructs dialogue, looks between characters and even the seating arrangement for the table read of the Force Awakens.” Yeah, okay, but surely this must be an outlier, right? Nope, nope, here’s another. From Nick Johnston at Vanyaland. Quote: “Lurking behind all of this bitterness is a poison that’s obliterating out cinematic discourse: The Fan Theory.” WOW! Not only am I, Matt Patt, small little YouTube creator bringing down the entirety of the Disney empire, I am also destroying the entirety of film criticism as we know it!
With my… Ability to OverAnalyze! Well if claims like that don’t deserve an episode, I don’t know WHAT does. At the risk of getting inception levels of meta here, today’s episode is a theory about theories. Do theories hurt movies and our enjoyment of them? Should I be looking for a new job? Why have I not fulfilled my loser’s half of the bet I made last Star Wars episode and re-enacted a scene from “The Room” yet? All in good time my friends. All in good time. So if we’re going to determine whether theories are ruining movies, let’s start with a pretty basic question. Can we prove that theories fundamentally change our experiences when we watch something? According to psychology the answer is a resounding yes, and there are three principles specifically prove it. The first is known as the mere exposure effect, which states that people tend to prefer things, people, and ideas with which they’re familiar. Heres how it works, in 1968 psychologists set up a study where they show people who dont speak chinese a series of chinese characters, and then asked them to guess what the characters meant. Some of the characters were enlisted only once or twice. While others showed up as much as 25 times, and the researchers found that a subject saw the same characters over and over again, they started guessing they meant more and more positive things. In short, the more familiar something feels, even if it’s something as foreign as an obscured Chinese character, the more likely we are to have a positive reaction to it. And this absolutely applies to The Last Jedi. With any Star Wars movie you’re gonna get a lot of new developments, new characters, new creatures, etc. But The Last Jedi gives a lot of ’em, and dedicates a lot of screen time to them. Notes: Add more Subtitles, Make timing better, and when quoting, use exact words. (Delete this when all fixed)

100 thoughts on “Film Theory: How Star Wars Theories KILLED Star Wars: The Last Jedi!

  1. You made an excellent point about them teasing the big parent reveal only to be like 'Yeah, they were nobody's" was a huge let down. Even if I had watched no theories I would have been unhappy with that choice.

  2. So the new Star Wars movies have a whole bunch a new shit?
    You heard it from me first folks!!!! RDJ's Iron Man will be in The Rise of Skywalker!!!

  3. The problem with the movie wasn’t because the theories didn’t come true, it’s because the plot and script were garbage

  4. "The problem is not that the fan theories weren't true. The problem is that the fan theories were so much better than what was shown in the actual movie." Michael18699
    YESSSS!!!! IF THAT COMMENT WASN'T TRUE WE WOULD NOT ENJOY AVENGERS OR DEADPOOL, but Theories help movies like those, I believe that movies are better served when made by people who are true fans of the franchise (like Ryan Reynolds loves Deadpool). THE THEORIES ONLY GIVE POWER TO MOVIES THAT ARE GOOD AND SMASHES BAD ONES. Continue the good job of entertaining us! The big studios receive a lot of money to do anything that's less than AWESOME, they need to step up like the Marvel Movies for example.

  5. the real problem is that these people are PAID to rate the movie good or bad depending on their own treatment aka how much money they are paid. it's just that simple, the reason they got salty over your channel is because THEY lose credibility when it doesn't match what the fans actually think of the movie. you gotta follow the money and you will see the motives behind anyone's actions.

  6. Oh no matt theories didn't ruin it
    AHEM
    In the words of Benny "truth is the game was rigged from the start."

  7. I dislike all Will Smith Aladdin, and 2019 Lion King YouTube videos with out watching the YouTube videos . So YouTube is like well this Guy hates the movie ,and everything that has to do with the movie so I (YouTube) get him (me) onto ,and into some other YouTube channel, or YouTuber .
    So I watch someone else . When August ,or November comes about I put movies on my Birthday (After September 11th before October 31st) ,and Christmas list ,and hope for the Best .
    I did the same for most Star Wars movies . Including Solo movie.

  8. See, Im one of the few people who actually REALLY like The Last Jedi. The theories didnt really ruin anything. Sure most of them were wrong, but the movie was still pleasant, even though I had some expectations. This is just the examplr of stupid people who write articles

  9. So the only reason I like you is because I watched one of your videos and had to listen to your voice which made me like you? Also Holdo didn't tell Poe the plan because she doesn't have to answer to him and if he knew he would have done something rash (like lead a mutiny). I also don't think she planned on speeding until the others were being attacked because they were supposed to get away unnoticed.

  10. 1:34 Sure! i'll teach you my ways! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCybSrpY9Xu_ZX1WiDr8cyvg/videos?view_as=subscriber (The video is coming soon)

  11. YES!!! DEATH TO THE KRIFFING disney empire!!! Set their Empire ablaze!!! And save the Star Wars Universe! (It was intended as an insult to disney by not capitalizing their name, and the word kriff comes from star wars and means fuck.)

  12. Let's be fair, fan expectations do ruin a lot of media properties. Fans often only want more of what they already know rather than having any subversion or new elements introduced.
    I do it. You do it. We all do it. It's still kinda terrible.

  13. It Is Now The Getting Close To The End Of 2019, And The Was The First Time I Heard Of Star Wars: The Last Jedi . . . .

  14. A year and a half later, I STILL haven't had the opportunity to see it (I'm not going to pay YouTube, screw them) and the only spoiler I've heard is that Luke dies. That's all I know about the movie, other than porgs existing thanks to the trailer.

    Going to watch the video now, screw it.

    Edit: Does Leia have force powers now?

  15. Are you kidding me film theory. Your great but please stop about this theory. TLJ was the worst movie same with the ending of force awakens sucked. Rain Johnson and JJ Abrams suck at making movies and that’s all.

  16. I think the purple haired captain was worried that the guy that ignored leia’s orders and sacrificed most of the squad just to take down one big ship would screw everything up again and it didn’t seems to be her plan to hyperspace in the ship in the first place, she would use the big ship to cover the small ships so they would escape

  17. I'm one of those people who liked the film and understand the bad reviews too, I'm a bit salty at the backlash but not unreasonably so

  18. I liked this movie personally, but the sad thing is I think the same controversy will spark again, which absolutely sucks.

  19. Its not fan theories…..its the insistence on subverting expectations…..GRRM has spoken about changing the ending of storylines from seeing fan theories that predicted it right….he says to leave the story as it was intended but starwars directors like to subvert expectations

  20. No… the movie was just crap. On a cinema level it was a good movie but its wasn't a good starwars movie I hope you understand.

  21. 13:15. Matpat, the original plan was to distract, but then the first order saw the little ships, and holdo improvised to save the others

  22. when you're on your third sprite of the day and are trying to keep your heart supporting your frail inner workings

    i'd be fine with rey's parents being nobodies. if there were proof and they're not just "missing" from the force database.
    i'd be fine with holdo's plan(s). if she had explained it to everybody who it was affecting.
    i'd be fine with luke's new story. if it was in line to at least some extent with who luke used to be.
    i'd be fine with hyperdrive kamikaze. if that was how hyperdrive had been established to work and why no one had done it before.

  23. Well Matt you start with avoiding Youtube until the movie is dead and then wait until the CD is up for purchase and then you can continue your work

  24. This is bs the movie was dog shit and seemed even worse by the fact that a youtuber created a more compelling story within 12 minutes

  25. Matpat I love the fact you brought down Disney because they ruined a great tv show called spectacular spider man

  26. No no no Matpat. The reason every single person with a brain hates those movies is because they are just terrible, Kylo Ren is a poorly made sorry excuse for a villain and Rey and Finn just don't have the same charm as Han and Leila. Oh and all the good Characters are be killed.
    Also i do think your Theory on R+L=J is qhat caused them to put it in to not have this happen. I think in the books his parents will be Eddard and Asha Dyean.

  27. Matpat: I'm definetly not gonna try to predict the ending of Episode IX.
    Also Matpat: REY IS THE NEXT DARTH VADER IN EPISODE IX!

  28. It's kinda funny that two major franchises both had ok first films then dropped the ball on the second one due to crazy plot twists, convoluted storylines and side plots, and introduced a bunch of new characters who do nothing but take up space for their screen time. While the film makers throw away any plot consistency and make more plot holes than they fix. All to 'Subvert Expectations'.

    If you haven't realised by now I'm talking about Star Wars and Fantastic Beasts. 

    Both storylines had potential to be something new and inventive in a franchise gone cold, only to be destroyed by hands that didn't know what they were doing.

  29. Mat Pat: 'oh nah i wont do a theory on episode 9'………….
    nobody
    Mat Pat: predicts palpatine created ray…….

  30. Star Wars theories did not ruin Star Wars. If your movie can be ruined because people preferred a version that someone on the internet made over your version, then there might be a serious problem with your movie's basic narrative structure in order to facilitate several people on the internet writing circles around you.

  31. I think theories do one irritating thing: they push the idea that everything should be fan service and generally push the idea that everything should be a callback to some previously established character/plot device without introducing change.
    I'm not saying I dont enjoy them or that I dont think a lot of them are good, but people saying Holdo should have been Ackbar basically only want that because they like the character.

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