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Wipes, Wipes, And More Wipes! Or....Not

As we all know, wipe transitions are almost as synonymous with Star Wars as Luke Skywalker or Darth Vader, but when The Force Awakens was released it may have been a little light on the famous transitions (not that it would’ve changed the quality of the film..yes, I kept that ambiguous lol). However, we now have found out that The Last Jedi may be following suit. More on this after the jump!


Director Rian Johnson posted a Twitter poll earlier this week asking fans which Star Wars movie they thought had the most wipe transitions.



As you can see, most people chose The Empire Strikes Back, which is the correct answer out of the choices given. The Force Awakens ranked in at a mere 14, A New Hope has 31, and The Empire Strike Back has a staggering 42! Later in the week, Rian Johnson had an announcement to make as to where he believes he falls short in The Last Jedi.



WOW! The Phantom Menace has 55 wipe transitions in it! Now, the case can be made that the number of wipe transitions doesn’t make a great Star Wars film. Rogue One has exactly ZERO transitional wipes (not counting the transition used entering  the credits) and that movie has had a pretty good reception among Star Wars fans, new and old alike.


Personally, I think this is just a funny little joke and I applaud Rian Johnson for doing it in this fashion. I do not believe it has any indication of how well the film will turn out. If i’m speaking honestly, I didn’t sit in the theater counting transition wipes during The Force Awakens and I would not have even guessed it had the low number of 14, but I’m interested in hearing what you have to say?

Does this REALLY matter to you or do you think it’s funny that Rian Johnson is basically poking fun at himself? Special thanks to JTA reader and friend Charlie for bringing this to our attention!

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