Subscribe To Good News, AMC Has Taken Down Those Ridiculous Star Wars: The Last Jedi Warning Signs Updates
The following contains a spoiler for Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Of all the debate and controversy that the newest Star Wars film has started, one of the most interesting revolved around theater signage meant to prevent complaints from those inside the theater. The signs were located inside some AMC Theaters and informed patrons that specific moment in the film, that might appear to be a glitch in the track, was actually entirely intentional and viewers need not concern themselves. Those ridiculous signs have apparently been removed.
The signs focused on a point near the end of Star Wars: The Last Jedi where Laura Dern's character, Vice Admiral Holdo, defends escaping transports by ramming the First Order fleet at light speed. At the point of the collision, the sound cuts out and we watch as a hole is torn through the center of the fleet. The sound returns in an explosion as the ships that have been damaged erupt all at once. It's a fantastic moment which is punctuated by the way the audio is used.
However, AMC Theaters apparently had been dealing with complaints by those who felt the lack of audio must have been a technical glitch, leading to signs informing viewers as they entered the theater that a point would come in the movie where the sound would go out, and that it was intentional. AMC has now released a statement (via The Wrap) that the signs have been taken down. Interestingly, according to AMC, the signs actually were only put up at two of the chain's 660 locations, which shows how viral such things can be, since the impression was it was a much more widespread announcement.
While it's understandable that somebody might briefly wonder about the audio track dropping off in the instant it starts, by the time anybody actually considered going to get an usher, the audio would be back, and realizing the perfect timing of when the audio stops and starts, it becomes clear that it was intentional. In the end, the signs don't make a great deal of sense, as seeing them on the way in to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi for the first time, it would probably confuse people more than the actual scene would. People would find themselves wondering exactly what they were in store for and it wouldn't make a lot of sense out of context.
Of course, it could also be that the signs simply aren't necessary anymore. Even though there are still a lot of people who have yet to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the media coverage of the ridiculous signs appearing in the first place likely helped spread the word of the scene's existence, and let everybody know not to worry about it. Now, because of the buzz the signs generated, they're not required.