Domhnall Gleeson Defends ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Comedy

One of the most surprising aspects of Star Wars: The Last Jedi was the amount of comedy that it featured. Given that this was the middle chapter of the sequel trilogy, many fans expected for Rian Johnson’s film to be the darkest entry yet. Although the film explores very dark territory, the humor seemed to envelop every character, and in one of the most surprisingly hilarious areas, somehow General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson) was the butt of a lot of jokes.

The use of humor throughout The Last Jedi has been debated by fans as to whether or not much of it was warranted. While fans agree that humor is an important part of the films – particularly within the original trilogy, some felt that some of the jokes did not fit well within the Star Wars tone.

Domhnall Gleeson appeared on the Happy Sad Confused podcast and defended the use of humor in the film as a means to expertly subvert the audience’s expectations:

“If you expect it to be a certain way, and it’s not that way, you’re going to be disappointed. You can’t decide not to be disappointed. If you’re disappointed, you are. I just – it’s my opinion that it was better to change things up than remain on the same kind of tramline sort of thing.”

Gleeson attributes much of the film’s humor and creative identity to Johnson, whom he praises in fulfilling his distinct vision with the canvas of the Star Wars galaxy:

“And I thought Rian had tremendous respect for everything that had [come] before, but he also did his own thing. And I think for a filmmaker like him, it would be foolish not to have him do his own thing.”

J.J. Abrams used some great humor in Star Wars: The Force Awakens that seemed to resonate better with the broad audiences than some of the comedy in The Last Jedi. That isn’t to say that some of the jokes didn’t land with fans, because for the most part, Johnson’s jokes worked more than they didn’t.

Thankfully for Abrams, he has the opportunity to see what type of humor would be best for these characters with Star Wars: Episode IX. Perhaps he can follow Johnson’s footsteps in making Gleeson’s Hux be the butt of even more jokes.

Here is the synopsis for the film:

“In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past.”

Written and directed by Rian Johnson, the film stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern, Frank Oz and Benicio del Toro.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is in theaters now.

Source: Happy Sad Confused

Noah Villaverde

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