Soo I saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Saturday, and I have not been able to stop thinking about it for days. Maybe if I actually blab about it, I will finally let my obsession go for the time being.
Okay, so overall, I really enjoyed it!! Yes, there were a lot of similarities with the Originals movies, but the new material was just so good that it definitely trumped the more unoriginal aspects.
The #1 reason why I loved Star Wars was….REY!!!! This girl is SUCH A BADASS. I don’t even know how to express myself about her. She’s just so freakin cool. She’s actually perfect.
Okay so, I think a big reason I came out very happy about Rey is that the promotions for the movie didn’t exactly promote her much. Her friend Finn was shown to be wielding a lightsaber, so it made it seem like he was going to be a future jedi or something. She had this mysterious aura about her, but the trailers definitely downplayed her role. This trilogy is actually though, totally about Rey!! She IS the main, lead character, which I think is so amazing, to see a female jedi front and center.
Where do I start. Okay so we find Rey living on the desert planet of Jakku (like Luke on Tatooine…). She is a scavenger, meaning she goes to abandoned spaceships and collects parts. She gives the parts to her employer, who gives her what the materials are worth. She is not living that well. Her life is pretty darn lonely and quiet. She doesn’t have any family or friends. She was so immersed in her solitude. The thing about her though, is despite her emptiness, she is filled with so much…hope, longing, and courage. I thought Daisy Ridley did an excellent job showing these two facets of Rey’s character.
Eventually, Rey’s life completely changed. She finds the droid BB8, who was left on the planet by a pilot from the Resistance. BB8 begins to tag along with Rey, essentially becoming her first friend. She quickly meets another, Finn, who just ran away from his post as a stormtrooper. The three of them fly out of Jakku (epically via the Millennium Falcon) and end up meeting Han Solo and Chewbacca.
During her time with Han and Finn, we learn that Rey is an excellent pilot, which made her pretty badass. She and Han were really connecting, and it made it seem like they were father and daughter actually, which got me thinking, hmm maybe she his long lost daughter or something.
Later in the movie though, we learn that Kylo Ren, the Darth Vader character in this trilogy, is actually the son of Han and Leia, Ben. He somehow went bad and now was working for the dark side. So then I was like, wait ok, so they do have a kid, so it makes no sense for Rey to also be their kid. They know who their kid is. Also, at the end of the movie, Leia doesn’t register by ways of the Force, that Rey is her daughter, so I really think that the Rey is Leia and Han’s daughter/Ren’s sister theory does not hold up.
Later on the in the movie, Rey begins to hear things, and she eventually goes to where these voices are. She goes into a dungeon and funds in a chest, Luke’s lost lightsaber, and all of the sudden, she sees all these crazy visions, which no one can figure out about. They seemed to be visions of the lightsaber itself, what it had perceived, such as the horrible tragedy of the killings of young jedi. I didn’t hear myself, but apparently, various voices were also heard, including Obi Wan (both Ewan McCregros’ and Alec Guinesses’s voices!) So it seemed that at the moment, she had this fantastical connection with the Force. Maz Kanata was telling her to embrace this newfound heritage she has found. Now this is where people start debating.
Maz says to Rey that this lightsaber belonged to Luke and his father, and now it was calling for her. People read this is as “oh that means Rey is Luke’s kid!” But I don’t by that for many reasons. One is that after that, Maz says that the people she is waiting for, Rey knows they are never coming back, but there is someone else who can be there for her, and Rey says Luke.
Rey did not want any part of this however. Right after though, the First Order came. Then this is where it got more interesting. Kylo Ren comes to her, and kidnaps her because she has seen the map that will locate where Luke is. Later, he interrogates her. Okay, so I really thought that the way they filmed this scene, there seemed to be some weird tension that surpassed the obvious hate for each other tension. This scene is actually the first time he takes off his mask, after she remarks how she doesn’t tell anything to “creatures behind masks.” So it was very interesting that the first time he reveals himself to the audience, it is to her. She also has this face, when she realizes he’s just a regular looking dude. It just seemed like there had to be more to the scene than just an interrogation scene. Something that hinted, that possibly in the future, something could happen these two.
A lot of people are like uh no, he basically mentally raped her. Yes he did go into her mind, but then she also, like a freakin badass, began to read his mind and totally threw him off! “You’re…afraid, that you’ll never be as great as Darth Vader.” Omg it was such an amazing intense scene. Kylo Ren was like WTH. After he left, Rey did an EPIC jedi mind trick on a stormtrooper. I was like, holy crap, can she get any cooler? Yes, she can.
Toward the end of the movie, Kylo Ren approaches Rey and Finn. Finn loses quite easily. He had been wielding Luke’s saber and now it fell into the snow. Kylo Ren was trying to use the force to take it, but in an amazing moment, Rey actually was able to get it with the Force!!! It was such an epic moment. It showed that Rey was the new legitimate successor for this saber. Everyone in the theatre was clapping, because it was so damn badass and beautiful. Then they had a fight, where she was able to overcome him by embracing the Force. Ren tried to convert her to the dark side, but she resisted.
By the end of the movie, Rey came out ON TOP. She was the heroine. And in the last few seconds of the movie, she comes face to face with the epic Luke Skywalker. Cut to black.
Rey’s journey through this whole movie was so incredible. The second thing I liked was her interactions with Kylo Ren. There is this intensity between the two characters. I can’t tell if it was intentional or not, but I really hope it was. Because now I have a theory…
So the big question is, who the hell is Rey? What is her lineage? She is such a mystery. We just know that her family had to leave her many years ago, and she’s been waiting for them forever. Also, how does she have this amazing Force sensitivity? The biggest theories are that she is Han and Leia’s long lost daughter, but as I said before, I ain’t buying that. The major one is that Luke is her father. People are saying, well the lightsaber called out to her, and only Skywalkers can have this much power. Honestly, I’m also not buying this. I cannot imagine Luke ditching his kid, for whatever reason he had. He just wouldn’t do it. I also don’t think Luke had kids. It sounded like Luke was devoting his life to rebuilding the jedi life and finding force sensitive children to train. Doubt he had time for finding love and etc. Maz’s comment also makes it seem that Luke was not her family, but can be the family she’s always needed. I like the idea of Luke being her adoptive father more than biologic. It will be so cool to see how their relationship develops in the next movie.
Now people are saying, well with so much power, she must be a Skywalker. I don’t get it though, because most jedi, 99% just are endowed with their abilities by the Force itself, not because of genetics. That only happened with the Skywalkers because Anakin broke the rule. And then Leia had Ben so now he is the latest Skywalker. I just can’t see this lineage keep going forever and forever, because ultimately, jedi have to devote their lives to their jobs of enforcing peace, not having families. They are like monks basically.
I like the idea of Rey being a special Force person because it shows how a “nobody” can become a “somebody” of their own right. Perhaps the Force thought there was something special about her, and chose her. Star Wars is about family, but it’s also about creating a unique destiny for yourself, regardless of where you come from.
So basically, I’m not buying that she’s related to anyone. If they do this, I’ll be pissed, because I find it so dumb and unoriginal. Are we really going to have another “I am your father” moment? Please no. And yet…everyone wants this, wth?? A lot of people are like, well all the mentioned points *obviously* means that Rey is Luke’s kid. So JJ Abrahms just thought obvious was a good way to tell a story? The movie has to have twists! They need to spice it up. Making her a Skywalker is the lamest move ever. The twist 30/40 years ago was that Darth Vader was Luke’s father. Now the twist should be, she ain’t related to any of them!
So going off that she’s not a Skywalker, this paves the way for some kind of connection with Kylo Ren. Now Ren I think will be the redemption case in the movies. Despite killing his own father (yes horrible shocker) I still think that Kylo Ren can get back to the light side. Right now, he is so corrupted and not his self as when he was younger. We don’t know yet what made him turn, but whatever happened, he’s a different person altogether. Very much like Darth Vader. Darth Vader did awful things, but he came back for his son.
The question now is, who can help with this process? He doesn’t care at all about his uncle or mother. I think Rey can have a huge amount of influence over him. They had this amazing mental connection with each other, in which they were getting into each other’s heads. My prediction is that Rey will help him back to the light side. I think adding a tinge of love stuff can make the story interesting and original. Rey could hypothetically become someone Ren grows to care for, and ends up falling for during his reconversion to the light side. Now if she was his sister or cousin, he’d feel more threatened, as opposed to more vulnerable, as he’s already shown himself to be around her.
Now when I mean love stuff, I’m not picturing him bringing roses to her. Nothing cheesy like that. I imagine that both would initially be weirded out by such feelings. Maybe Rey won’t even think of him like that, but I could definitely see him fall for her, because she’s uh, freakin amazing. She is a beautiful person inside and out and I think she can reach out to him.
That being said, I don’t know what the end would be. Maybe Ren dies or something. Or Rey would just rather not be with anyone. Who knows. Whatever the end is, I think some love stuff somewhere in there would make it interesting.
So that’s just my theory. Obviously, anything could happen, something no one can even predict. I just hope that whatever happens, it’s freakin epic and not a damn copycat of the originals, which this movie was sort of doing, but saved itself.
Why must I wait till May 2017??!! Cruel injustice!!
Currently listening to Rey’s theme off the soundtrack. I really love it! I think it captures the pure, indomitable spirit of Rey.