Mark Hamill once said that the Star Wars films are kid stuff. However, irrespective of the toys, the adorable aliens, and cool action sequences, some of the films from the franchise do delve into the darker and frightening aspects.
During a recent media activity related to Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Daisy Ridley was asked if the new film will frighten the kids in the audience. The actor categorically stated, “Yeah.“
“It’s sad, it’s sad,” said Ridley “It’s not sad in the sad sense, it’s sad when someone’s grappling with their identity, and they’re asking questions, and I think you feel more in this one alone Rey has been.”
However, the Star Wars actor clarified that she feels that Rey’s handling of adverse situations will be reassuring for the young audience.
“She has so many questions that she’s never been able to ask anyone, and so I think that’s sad, and then I think there is a sort of stubbornness that will make kids in particular not feel so scared,” Ridley added.
While the Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s promotional materials seem to indicate that the movie will deal with some dark stuff, director Rian Johnson has said that he intends to keep the fun sense going, the way it was in The Force Awakens and Return of the Jedi, even when the comparisons are being drawn between the film and The Empire Strikes Back.
“So when I say Empire, I guess I don’t want to give the impression that it’s kind of a dark, gloom and doom. It was also really important to me that this was a fun adventure. I don’t know; it’s a mixed bag of a lot of different stuff. And hopefully some unique stuff too,” Johnson had earlier told Fandango.
Johnson had also hinted to Rolling Stone about the film having some light sequences which could briefly be noticed during the scene where Chewbacca smacked a porg.
“That’s one thing I hope people will be surprised about with the movie. I think it’s very funny,” Johnson said. “The trailers have been kind of dark – the movie has that, but I also made a real conscious effort for it to be a riot. I want it to have all the things tonally that I associate with Star Wars, which is not just the Wagner of it. It’s also the Flash Gordon.”
The best advice would be first to watch the film without the kids to figure out if they can endure it without screaming or not.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi releases in theaters on December 15.