Daisy Ridley Says Fan Reactions to ‘Rise of Skywalker’ Have Not Been ‘Nice’


Daisy Ridley has shared her candid reaction to the fan backlash against Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

To say the concluding film in the Skywalker Saga was polarizing would be putting it mildly. It currently has a rotten critical ranking on Rotten Tomatoes, while cast members Anthony Daniels and John Boyega have openly criticized the movie.

The Rey actress had her own chance to discuss reactions to the movie when she was interviewed on Nina West’s DragCast this week, admitting the harsh reception did not match the jovial mood after The Force Awakens (via ComicBook).

“[Reaction has] changed film by film honestly, like 98% it’s so amazing, this last film it was really tricky,” she explained. “January was not that nice. It was weird, I felt like all of this love that we’d sort of been shown the first time around, I was like, ‘Where’s the love gone?’

“I watched the documentary, the making-of [The Skywalker Legacy], this week, and it’s so filled with love; and I think it’s that tricky thing of when you’re part of something that is so filled with love and then people [don’t like it].”

She later noted: “You know, everyone’s entitled to not like something but it feels like it’s changed slightly. I think in general that’s because [of] social media and what have you.”

Star Wars prequel actor Ahmed Best became the latest to level criticism at the sequel trilogy this week when he suggested J. J. Abrams and Rian Johnson’s films were “not really skewed towards kids.”

“George [Lucas] was always about the kids… This idea that the movies are for adults is a very new thing, to be honest,” he told YouTuber Jamie Stangroom.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is available to pre-order on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K now. The rest of the Skywalker Saga is available to watch right now on Disney+.

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