Opinion: The New STAR WARS Films Need To Tone Down The Humor


Don't worry, no spoilers here, just need to rant.

I went and saw Solo: A Star Wars Story over the weekend, and while I wasn't nearly as critical of the film's flaws as other critics, there was one element of the film that really got to me. In fact, it's kind of been something sitting in the back of my mind ever since my first screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and I think with the exception of Rogue One, it's been a complaint of mine with every film. I don't like the new style of humor the films are using, and it's making me cringe far more often than I laugh.

As I'm sure I'll be told by the dozens who see the headline and hop straight to the comments, Star Wars has always been a franchise riddled with humor. The original films had that smart-ass sarcasm and occasional slapstick routines, Jar Jar stepped in shit in The Phantom Menace, so I get Star Wars wants to modernize with the times and attempt a new style of humor into its latest batch of films. It works with Marvel films right? So why wouldn't it work with Star Wars?

I'm not entirely sure on that one, but for the latest Star Wars film I feel like a majority of the new films tense moments are almost immediately squashed by some attempt at The Office type humor. Remember that emotional scene between Rey and Kylo Ren in The Last Jedi? They're speaking telepathically and trying to understand their connection to one another and forming a strange sort of bond. The moment could've served to mount the tension between the two after they team up to defeat Snoke, but instead, we got:

"Can you put a shirt on?"

Great scene, instantly killed by a weak attempt at humor. It didn't make me laugh in the theater, and although I'm an unapologetic lover of The Last Jedi, I can't defend that scene. It sucked me out of a scene where something crazy was going on, and effectively ruined the fresh mystery of Rey and Ben's telepathic conversation. 

That happens a lot in Solo as well, and once again, I found myself unable to get engaged in the drama and high-stakes of a scene because characters are spouting off jokes during life-threatening situations and minutes after tragic deaths. It's like Disney doesn't want an audience to feel too tense, so anytime things feel the slightest bit serious someone needs to pepper in a half-hearted joke to get 2-3 people laughing their asses off in a theater while others just sit there. 

I'm not really sure what the best solution is towards fixing it, and if you think I'm suggesting Star Wars drop the humor entirely, I'm against that. Am I alone in feeling this way? How have you guys felt about the new style of humor the latest Star Wars films have had?

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