Appearing on Popcorn with Peter Travers on January 5, Samuel L. Jackson had some interesting things to say about J.J. Abrams's Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Apparently, Jackson who played Jedi Master Windu in the prequel trilogy feels Rey, Finn, and Kylo Ren could benefit from some extra lightsaber lessons.
Looking a little squeamish is his seat, Jackson seemed reluctant to offer his honest opinion on the movie and so in the light of diplomacy said this:
"It's done in the spirit of the Star Wars films. Its got the same spirit. Its adventuresome, and it's exciting in a way."
"I think the kids need to go to lightsaber fight school. That's just me thinking. They've got time to get better."
The actor doesn't come right out and say he doesn't like the movie but he certainly doesn't shower it with praise either.
This could cause a little controversy among fans because although Jackson is technically correct, he fails to acknowledge that the lack of lightsaber skill in the new movie is an intentional element.
In the Star Wars prequels, the Jedi were a strong and disciplined collective that were trained from when they were very young allowing them to develop their skills over many years. In The Force Awakens, Rey and Finn have had no such training, and so it is only logical that their fights are more primitive and aggressive than the highly skilled duels we have seen in the previous movies.
Perhaps Jackson has decided to stay loyal to the prequels and original Star Wars creator and director George Lucas? Or perhaps he is upset that Master Jedi Windu was not resurrected in the the new movie? Either way, according to the Hateful Eight actor, the new Star Wars kids need some schooling. Maybe Master Jedi Windu will offer to teach a class himself.
Hopefully the class will not involve instruction on how to lose a fight and get thrown out a window.