– 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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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.