Director Rian Johnson Responds to 'Last Jedi' Fan Ire

"The goal is never to divide or make people upset," the filmmaker says.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi has been in theaters for almost a week now, and on Thursday, writer-director Rian Johnson addressed the divided response the film has received among fans. 

"The goal is never to divide or make people upset, but I do think the conversations that are happening were going to have to happen at some point if sw is going to grow, move forward and stay vital," Johnson tweeted in reply to a Twitter user who asked if he thought it was good the film had polarized fans. 

Critics praised the film and it holds a 93 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, but it has only a 56 percent audience score on the movie aggregator — putting it in the territory of George Lucas' controversial prequel films. (The Last Jedi did receive an glowing "A" CinemaScore.)

Complaints about the film seem to run the gamut. Heat Vision recently suggested one possible explanation is that a portion of those who loath the film may feel that way because their favorite Internet fan theory did not pan out. 

Last Jedi had a near-record breaking opening and shows no sign of slowing down, raking in as much as $120 million between Wednesday and Monday alone.

The Disney film stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Adam Driver.