‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Director Talks Humor In New Film

Oscar Isaac Star Wars The Last Jedi Poe DameronSpoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi follow:

Star Wars: The Last Jedi contains a lot of humor. In fact, the film actually opens up with a joke sequence that in a way helps the audience settle and get comfortable with the anticipation and excitement of the film finally beginning.

In an interview with Vanity Fair, director Rian Johnson notes that opening with a joke was an intentional decision that came from Johnson’s admiration of the humor in the Original Trilogy:

“Oh good, whoo-hoo. That was something that was really, really important to me. That’s part of what I enjoy in movies. It’s part of what I enjoy in Star Wars. I think about Han and Leia and Luke wisecracking their way through the Death Star. The movies always had that sense of humor. Especially coming into the middle chapter, it has a stigma of always being darker. I knew it was going to get darker in some spots just because of what we had to do. It was really important to me, to, at the very outset, make a bold statement of, we’re going to have fun here also. Relax, you can laugh with it also, this isn’t just going to be a dirge. . . . That was the one thing I was most nervous about last night because we never tested these movies. This was the first time I’ve watched it with a crowd bigger than 10 or 15 people. The one thing that you can never know until you put it in front of a big crowd of strangers is if the jokes play or not. So I was very relieved when we got the laughs. Oh, that very first scene. That was really the one that was just, I was holding my girlfriend’s hand very tightly when that came up. Then I relaxed when the audience got it and started rolling with it. It’s so important to me because that sets the tone and the expectation that, oh, O.K. there are going to be laughs in this movie.”

Humor has always been an important component of Star Wars, from Han talking to the Imperials on the Death Star and Jedi mind tricks, to “Fly casual!” It is cool to see Johnson making that a point in his film as a way for the audience to really relate to the movie and its characters.

“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 and Benicio del Toro.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is in theaters now.

Source: Vanity Fair

10 Moments From ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ That Blew Our Minds

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Star Wars The Last JediStar Wars: The Last Jedi is finally here and the internet is exploding with glee. Not only is the movie a competent sequel that does a great job on building things up from The Force Awakens, but it’s also packed with awesome moments. The humor, action and set pieces culminate in an awesome movie jammed full of moments that will make audiences hum for years to come.

Beware, this article is packed full of The Last Jedi spoilers! It’s nearly impossible to talk about a movie’s coolest moments without mentioning a few plot points, so please, if you haven’t seen the movie yet wait and come back to this article! These moments will be enjoyable on repeat watches, but they are at their most exciting and awesome when they are a total surprise to the audience!

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Bryan Smith

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