John Boyega is one of the biggest actors on the planet now thanks to Star Wars, a franchise he's starred in for two films over two years. One of those films, The Last Jedi, was released almost two weeks ago to massive box-office returns and immense critical acclaim. But not everyone was pleased. Numerous fans have accused the film of ruining the franchise with its various story decisions, and fan petitions have even sprung up in a (futile) attempt to retcon it altogether.
Boyega, who maintains an active social media presence, is no doubt aware that some fans hated his movie (many of them have probably personally told him so), so when he tweeted this message out earlier this week, many people assumed he was defending The Last Jedi from its detractors.
While that message could easily be interpreted as a Star Wars defense, it turns out Boyega wasn't talking about his movie at all. He was talking about the Netflix film Bright, the fantasy/police procedural mash-up directed by David Ayer, written by Max Landis, and starring Will Smith. That film has also proved divisive, earning mostly negative reviews from critics but getting a strong response from fans online. It turns out Boyega was one of those fans who really enjoyed the film, and wanted people to know that it's OK to fall on either side of the debate.
Savage fan responses, online petitions, social media wars, and the like are nothing new to the realm of genre. Sadly, neither are things like death threats directed at comic book creators or screeds against women taking a larger role in major franchises. By dipping his toe into that battle, however briefly, Boyega was acknowledging a key point that's all too often forgotten: All art is subjective. If you like it, that's great. If you don't, that's also great. There's room for both.