FARRELL, PA—Like many God-fearing people, James Hunter felt gravely wronged by Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi and the way it derailed the Star Wars franchise. Instead of venting his anger online, Hunter did something stunning: He decided to give Rian Johnson’s next movie, Knives Out, a try.
“I had so much anger inside me because of The Last Jedi,” said Hunter, his voice shaking. “I don’t even understand what he was trying to do with it. Did he just hate Star Wars fans? But if the Bible teaches us one thing, it’s forgiveness. And I just thought back to how I liked Looper and found Brick pretty interesting, so maybe it was time to forgive trespasses and watch his widely acclaimed new movie.”
Hunter rented the movie digitally through Amazon and said he felt a certain peace now, moving past the wrong against him that was Rian Johnson’s venture into Star Wars. “It’s as Jesus said,” he added. “We’re supposed to forgive seventy times seven times, and Star Wars has only been ruined twice -- and only once by Rian Johnson. Also, the anger just isn’t healthy. Jesus also said, ‘Anger leads to hate, and hate leads to suffering.’” Hunter thought for a moment. “Or maybe that wasn’t Jesus, but he is pretty anti-hate.”
After the movie, Hunter said that overall it was “pretty good,” though the politics in it felt “tacked on.”