I knew there was a reason I liked Warwick Davis, but now that he’s weighed in on The Last Jedi backlash I absolutely love the guy all over again. Davis was a part of Star Wars from the time that Return of the Jedi came out up until this current movie. There’s no telling if he’s going to continue on with the story or not but what he’s done so far has been noticeable enough that you can see how he’s contributed and how he might have something to say about the big hullabaloo that people have been making about TLJ. Plain and simple, the veteran actor isn’t buying into the hype that people are trying to create when it comes to slamming the film.
He loves Star Wars, and everything that it means. He won’t buy into the supposed political messages that people want to affix to the story or the idea that it’s supposed to mean anything more than what’s been put in the movie. Plus he loves the story, no matter where it goes, and will continue to support the franchise no matter what happens. This has done my peace of mind a lot of good knowing that there are more people out there, the actors included, that tend to think that the story is more important than anything and that supporting it is the main goal of anyone that as anything to do with it. A lot of the new actors don’t know all that much about the franchise yet and some of them don’t follow Star Wars despite their current involvement. But for actors like Davis, who have been living it for years now, the story is what keeps it all together and the feeling it gives a person to sit down for a couple of hours and simply immerse themselves in the story is enough to dispel any other notion that might be seen as negative.
Too many people went in expecting all the answers they wanted and the culmination of theories and hype that had been building like a storm throughout the entire period between episodes 7 and 8, and were subsequently let down because they were looking to the finish when they should have realized that the story is only two-thirds of the way finished. They wanted Luke Skywalker to come back and kick some serious tail and weren’t able to understand how the Jedi are more than one person, no matter how awesome Skywalker is. They expected everything go back to formula and remain the same without realizing that change is something that needs to happen to keep the story alive. Warwick Davis gets it, and he’s been a part of the franchise for years now.
To all those fairweather fans, Star Wars is something greater than the hyped up version of online tripe that people want to follow. It’s a story of such rich imagination and depth that anything can happen whether it’s what’s expected or not. Signing an online petition to remove TLJ from the canon is kind of laughable really since it’s akin to a child throwing a tantrum after realizing that they didn’t get what they wanted for Christmas. You still got what was offered, so a thank you and expectations for the next film should be the response, not a chorus of whining and crying that is oddly similar to the response that was given for The Empire Strikes Back.
For those of you eagerly awaiting the next episode, and especially for Warwick Davis, may the Force be with you.