Star Wars: The Last Jedi is causing some theatres to post notices outside showings, but not for the reason you might think.
Typically that kind of notice is reserved for some truly graphic scene or element that has caused a stir in previous screenings, or just to keep a giant line of viewers from toppling each other in line. In The Last Jedi's case though, it has to do with silence, specifically about 10 seconds of it.
Spoilers incoming for one sequence in The Last Jedi, so you've been warned.
Late in the film, Holdo (Laura Dern) sacrifices herself to save the rest of the resistance escape pods by sending her ship screening at light speed into a First Order Destroyer. The devastation is massive, but when the collision happens all sound goes quiet for around 10 seconds.
The use of this effect is a first for a Star Wars movie, and that has confused some audience members in screenings, thinking instead it was a glitch or issue with the theater. That prompted AMC theaters to post a notice about the 10 seconds of silence, as they were received complaints about technical issues after screenings.
“Please note: The Last Jedi contains a sequence at approximately 1 hour and 52 minutes into the movie in which ALL sound stops for about 10 full seconds,” reads an AMC note to moviegoers (via Paul Scheer). “While the images continue to play on the screen you will hear nothing. This is intentionally done by the director for a creative effect.”
The silence certainly increased its impact, and will likely continue to have it despite people knowing about it beforehand.
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