Today will be a day long remembered. It gave us the teaser trailer for The Last Jedi and a gorgeous new piece of poster art....
The poster is a testament to minimal design, with only a few elements on display. Front and centre is Rey, in her costume from the end of The Force Awakens, Skywalker lightsaber held aloft in a pose that is reminiscent of Luke's on the poster art for Star Wars Episode IV A New Hope. A really noble and heroic pose that may be broadcasting the intention to frame Rey as the new Luke. A new hero. A new hope, if you will. Whether she is a Skywalker or not, she is at the centre of this story for sure.
Now they say the devil is in the detail, and I like me some details. There is certainly a red theme in this movie. Look at the blade on the Skywalker lightsaber? As the blade reaches the top of the image it slowly turns red. Can we read too much into this? Could we be seeing someone's path illustrated for us in this art? There was concept art for The Force Awakens that had a character wielding a dual bladed lightsaber, one blade was red, and one blue. Might someone "bleed" the crystal in the Skywalker lightsaber during this movie?
Finally we have Kylo and Luke. Luke is dominant in the image, face a red hue, a stone cold look on his face. His positioning in the composition is somewhat reminiscent of Darth Vader's in the original trilogy. I will try not to read too much into that. Kylo, in comparison is small, lower than Luke, his Uncle and former master. Can this be read as deliberately diminishing Kylo Ren in the shadow of Luke? Could this feeling of inferiority have motivated Ben Solo's turn?
For a simple image there is a great deal to consider in this poster. I love it, can't wait to get a copy framed. What do you think? Have I overlooked anything here, are there any eater eggs I've missed? I do have Con Brain, so maybe something is staring me straight in the face and I'm missing it? Drop your thoughts in the comments below.
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