The Last Jedi Official Movie Posters Are Here!
At the D23 Expo, the official fan club for the Walt Disney company, eager fans teamed up to see what new Star Wars content would be released. Along with a behind-the-scenes video of the new film, Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, we were also entreated to six new movie posters. For those who connoisseur the franchise, these new glimpses into how Disney wants to advertise the movie may give them something to read into.
Featuring six major characters from the film, Kylo Ren, General Leia, Luke Skywalker, Rey, Finn, and Poe Dameron, the poster art shows each character veiled in crimson and black upon a grayish white background. If that isn't enough to get the emotions churning, then let's look into the display to see if we can extrapolate meaning. The first may go overlooked, but is in the character line up itself. Even though General Hux and Snoke are sure to be much bigger characters in this film, neither one is represented, leaving Kylo Ren as the only villain shown. At first glance this may not have meant much, but for those who speculate that Ren may be redeemed or betrayed in this film, the poster may be a subtle indication of his changing allegiances.
Much more stark than the characters, is how they are portrayed. Immediately, the crimson blood color upon all of them carries with it the weight of symbolism. This movie is going to be dark. Whether that darkness is the same as Empire Strikes Back is yet to be seen, but the symbolism is inescapable. One also gets the sense that all of these characters are going to be “bloodied” in this movie. Depending on how one interprets that, it could mean death (as in the case of Leia) or feeling the pull of the Dark Side (as in Luke, or even possibly Rey), but could also mean getting their hands soiled in carnage (as may be the case with Kylo, Finn, and Poe). It is also interesting to note that the dark imagery of malice on the characters is juxtaposed with a white background the usually symbolizes purity. This author believes that the mentioned color scheme alone shows us that the innocence of Force Awakens and possibly the entire franchise is about to be destroyed. Seeing these posters alone should tell you that The Last Jedi could be the undoing of everything we once took for granted, and the framework upon which we once held true, may be about to crumble in a blood bath of epic proportions. With the dark turn of Rogue One, the last film to be released, this narrative may not be too far off from what we will experience in December.
Benjamin Lee Krause