– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Ever since we knew there would be a new Star Wars trilogy that would further the tale told in the first six films, it was almost expected that the second entry would go deeper and darker. It’s a trend that was started in The Empire Strikes back, and one continued in the modern era, with films like The Dark Knight.

But what about Star Wars: The Last Jedi? So far in all the marketing, there are countless comparisons being made to The Empire Strikes Back, and the tone of it does seem decidedly dark. So does that mean that the film will be all doom and gloom?

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Speaking at the Star Wars: The Last Jedi press conference LRM had an opportunity to attend in Los Angeles, Johnson said:

“It’s the second movie in a trilogy, and I think we’ve been trained to expect it’ll be a little darker, and obviously, it looks a little darker. The thing is though, I loved the tone of the original films, and the tone that J.J. captured in The Force Awakens of fun. To me, it’s a Star Wars movie. First and foremost, we were trying to make it feel like a Star Wars movie. And that means you have the intensity and opera, but it also means it makes you want to come out of the theater, wanting to run in your background, grab your spaceship toys, and make them fly around. That’s a key ingredient in it. So we’re going to go into some intense places for the movie, but I hope also it’s fun, [and] funny.”

It’s great to hear that the spirit of high adventure isn’t something that’ll be lost in the upcoming entry. In today’s world, it seems easy to simply go darker, all the while dropping some of the aspects that really make a franchise magical.

If Lucasfilm’s confidence in Rian Johnson is any indication, it looks like that won’t be a problem with this one. What do you think of Johnson’s comments? Let us know your thoughts 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.