It looks like Mace Windu isn’t as big a fan of the new Star Wars film as the rest of the world seems to be…or at least, he notably disproves of one aspect in particular.
Samuel L. Jackson, who played the Jedi Master in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, has being doing the usual talk show circuit to promote The Hateful Eight and during an interview with ABC News was asked for his thoughts on Star Wars: The Force Awakens. His main criticism of the new film? The lightsaber battles:
“I think the kids need to go to lightsaber fight school, but… that’s just me thinking out. They got time to get better.”
This is a fair point, as the lightsaber battles in the prequels were much more refined and elaborately-choreographed than those featured in The Force Awakens. Still, this all comes down to a matter of preference, as the main lightsaber duel of the new film is arguably more thematically-engaging than any featured in the prequels, so it’s not such a terrible thing that it’s not as flashy.
As Jackson himself admits, the “kids” do have time to get better and it’s important to remember that none of the new characters had anywhere near the level of skill or training that characters such as Mace Windu had, so it’s understandable that they would be a bit inexperienced with a lightsaber.
Jackson clearly still has a fondness for the Star Wars franchise though, as evidenced by his interview with Seth Meyers on Tuesday night. Jackson talked about how he got the part of Mace Windu, how much he enjoyed getting to have a scene with Yoda, and his technique for picking his movie roles. Basically, he just picks movies he thinks he would have wanted to see as a kid, claiming, “Why else would I do Snakes on a Plane?” Good point, Mr. Jackson.
You can watch the full ABC interview below: