– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Despite the strong critical response to Star Wars: The Last Jedi, as well as the wonderful reaction to the film from general moviegoers (as evidenced by its A CinemaScore), the film will likely go down as one of the most divisive entries in the long-running franchise.

Hardcore fans will point to several different aspects of the film that betrayed them in the movie, but one of the chief complaints had to do with Luke Skywalker. Some may point to his grumpy attitude, his desire never to leave his island, despite the danger his sister is in, but one other big thing fans seem to hate was that moment where he had even the smallest flicker of flirtation with the Dark Side.

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We’re talking about that moment he stood over a young Ben Solo and contemplating killing his young padawan. When asked by IGN if that was the closest Luke had come to the Dark Side, writer-director Rian Johnson said:

“Absolutely. That was the embodiment of The Dark Side, is the quick and easy path, right? It’s that glimpse of… and Luke has never been… it’s not like Luke is a Superman who’s impervious to that. Having just, even the brief moment of temptation of it. because that’s what that moment is. He doesn’t give in to the Dark Side, it’s a moment of temptation to the Dark Side.”

“It reminds me very much of when Vader is tempting Luke, when Luke is underneath the stairs in [Return of the] Jedi, lit with that very beautiful half-and-half, the duality of these two sides of him being pulled. And that’s really what that moment is for me, it’s a moment of temptation to the Dark Side for Luke.”

What do you think about Johnson’s comment? Should someone like Luke ever have such a strong temptation towards the Dark Side? Especially after he had already gone through such a temptation decades prior with Darth Vader?

Let us know what you think down below!

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  • Deathstroke936

    “Wonderful reaction from general moviegoers”… If that was true, there would no need for this article… I believe The Phantom Menace had a A Cinemascore.

    Anyways, you’re in the camp that Luke should be allowed to grow in whatever direction the movie takes him after 35 years… Seems to me that RJ just left Luke in the same place he was at the end of ROTJ. He himself states that Luke responds the same way when tempted by the Dark Side …35 years before!… not a lot of growth it seems … (so much for that theory…)

    • Kindofabigdeal

      I’ve told better star wars stories in my bedroom with my action figures.

  • Kronx

    Luke has always been on the edge, but then again, the whole Light/Dark thing isn’t really cut and dry to begin with.

    Yoda says don’t give in to fear or anger, but he also tells Luke to murder his father. Luke gives in to fear and anger to defeat Vader, but then he doesn’t kill him. That’s the exact opposite of what he was supposed to do, and he becomes a Jedi. Roll credits.

    I do have a theory that Snoke may have been subtly manipulating Luke from afar in that confrontation with Kylo.

    • Kindofabigdeal

      Nah, that would mean they put in extra thought into the motivations of the characters.

    • Deathstroke936

      Yoda didn’t tell Luke to murder Vader, he tells him he must face him… anyone can murder anyone (like when they’re sleeping and they’re kids),

      Luke had to face him and best him… similar to the samurai where the bushido code is followed … and he didn’t give in to fear or anger. During the fight he felt fear and anger but he didn’t let it consume him… Being brave doesn’t mean lack of fear just as staying calm means lack of anger… That’s why he could say at the end, that he finally was a jedi.

      Now the concept of growth or maturity, is that as he got older the more tolerant he’d be from fear and rage… But this movie left him at the same place… after 35 years… (Such great story telling…)

      • Kronx

        On an unrelated note, why didn’t Han shoot Vader’s ship in ANH? He was clearly the lead in the formation. Could’ve saved everyone a lot of trouble.

        • Deathstroke936

          I’m in the camp that he did… he just missed…

  • Kindofabigdeal

    This is bias reporting. You go with the viewer score that agrees with your opinion. Rotten Tomatoes still has it lower than the A that you flaunt.
    Jammer – “The fandom has turned against me, don’t you turn against me!”

  • the50sguystrikesback

    Movie ticket…$12.00

    Popcorn and soda $15.00

    Assigning words like ‘divisive’ and ‘betrayal’ to a Star Wars
    movie when best reserved for the guy we got in the White House…Priceless 🙂

  • Aaron James

    Man, I wonder what the comments sections would have looked like if there’d been comments sections when “The Last Temptation of Christ” came out.

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.