Star Wars fans are hyped for the second installment in the new trilogy, The Last Jedi, which is slated for a December 16, 2017 release. But the three-month wait might as well be an eternity for Star Wars nerds who scramble to find out all they can about Rian Johnson’s highly anticipated sequel.
But you know what else might feel like an eternity? The movie itself. It appears that The Last Jedi will be the longest Star Wars film in the franchise's history.
At 150 Minutes, It's The Longest Star Wars Episode Ever
Rumors began circulating earlier this year that The Last Jedi would clock in at a whopping 150 minutes. The source of these rumors? Employees of several theater chains, who claimed that they had received the information from Disney/Lucasfilm in preparation for the film’s release in December. Fans took it with a grain of salt.
Now, based on The Last Jedi’s page on AMC’s official website, it appears that the movie will indeed be 2 hours and 30 minutes long. Many other theater sites (including Fandango) have also updated their pages to reflect The Last Jedi's 150 minute runtime.
It’s worth noting that Disney/Lucasfilm has not officially confirmed the runtime of The Last Jedi; however, AMC and Fandango are both well-respected theater/ticketing companies that would have no reason to distribute false information. If The Last Jedi is indeed 150 minutes long, it surpasses the length of any other film in the franchise, which has fans even more hyped for the film. But is it really a good thing?
What Does The Last Jedi's Runtime Mean For Its Quality?
While the The Last Jedi’s runtime might sound great in theory, as of right now, the longer films in the Star Wars franchise tend to be the worst-received by fans and critics. Until The Last Jedi premieres, Attack of the Clones holds the title for the longest runtime in the Star Wars franchise, coming at 142 minutes. A lot of fans agree that Attack of the Clones is the worst film in the franchise, but the film’s poor quality has little to do with its runtime.
Interestingly, the quality of Star Wars films seems to contrast with their runtime, since the two most beloved films in the franchise, A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, are the shortest, with runtimes of 121 and 124 minutes respectively. Should we have a bad feeling about this?
Beyond the two shortest, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story clocks in at 133 minutes and Return of the Jedi comes in at 134 minutes. Although it’s a strange trend, the four shortest films in the franchise are undoubtedly among the best.
This trend doesn’t mean that longer films won’t be well-received, because #TheForceAwakens had the same runtime as The Phantom Menace at 136 minutes, and the former was a triumph for Lucasfilm and Disney. To that point, Revenge of the Sith touted a 140-minute runtime and is widely considered the best film of the prequels, even if it isn't perfect.
Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi looks to be a fresh, bold chapter in the new Star Wars trilogy. Hopefully, the runtime of the film won’t have any bearing on its quality — as we have seen with other films in the franchise — but for now, the hype surrounding the film is reaching a fever pitch, and we can’t wait to see how everything plays out.
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