Star Wars: The Last Jedi has gotten a lot of buzz over the past couple of weeks, and for good reason: The film has already been deemed to be the second most successful in the franchise. But, this latest bit of press isn't so much about box office numbers or a shirtless Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). Instead, it's about a whopping 10 seconds of audio — or lack thereof.
According to Vulture, some AMC theaters across the country have posted disclaimers warning moviegoers that the audio in the intergalactic film intentionally goes out during one scene. Apparently, theaters received a number of complaints from audience members who didn't realize the silent movie moment was intentional.
Vulture noted that actor Paul Scheer shared one of the warnings, which disclosed the exact time the 10-second silence takes place, on Facebook.
"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," the notice read. "While the images continue to play on the screen you will hear nothing. This is intentionally done by the director for a creative effect."
It's true that many action films use sound as a way to make an impact — just think about the symphony of gunshot rounds and explosions included in many action films or the creepy music in horror films — but it's not like cutting dialogue or music is a new technique. Aside from being essential to music (yes, there's a reason rests are included in everything from Vivaldi concertos to Justin Bieber songs), many popular films have opted for more muted sequences to prompt an unexpected emotional response.
In fact, Film School Rejects wrote all about the particular effect using the film There Will Be Blood as an example. According to the article, titled "The Lord Can't Hear You, Daniel: The Impact of Silence In There Will Be Blood," the lack of sound during a pivotal moment in that film acts as a "gut punch" to the viewer, who have been forced to both carefully listen to and watch the storyline unfold.
That assessment seems to be true for some Star Wars fans, too, who tweeted their thoughts on the silent scene. (Warning: Some slight spoilers ahead.)
Saw THE LAST JEDI again on Xmas Eve. Pretty convinced that the entire Kylo/Rey/Snoke showdown intercut with the fleeing rebels culminating in THAT sudden silence is the single best sequence in STAR WARS history. Like...FUCK.— Ross Birks (@rossbirks) December 26, 2017
No spoilers (please honour this in replies too) - say what you will about #TheLastJedi but it had one scene (and if you saw it, you know which one it was) that resulted in both the film and the entire audience being completely silent. One of my favourite Star Wars shots ever.— Chris Scullion (@scully1888) December 16, 2017
ok dont worry im not spoiling but one scene in the new star wars was just SO pretty to me... like it all just goes completely silent and its just so stunning and literally everyone in the theater was just quietly whispering "holy shit"— jenna♡hao, GA 📌 !!!! (@adorehao) December 15, 2017
Whether the silent moment works is up for interpretation by the viewer of the film, but it certainly was no accident.