Episode IX is officially under way and to celebrate yesterday’s first day of filming for the movie J.J Abrams shared a vague behind-the-scenes photo commemorating the beginning of this incredible journey that we are about to partake on. Here’s the tweet.
Before Rey it didn’t seem like there would ever be a Star Wars heroine that’s even cooler than Princess Leia. Leia was the entire package. She was strong-willed and heroic; the definition of a perfect heroine. Then Rey arrived and I knew I immediately liked her. Not only was she strong-willed and heroic like but she was also Leia but she was also able to take care of herself in ways we had never seen from Leia. And then she became a Jedi! Mind blown.
So, can she ever be dethroned as Star Wars’ coolest heroine? I honestly don’t know. There are so many types of heroes. There was Jyn Erso, the leader of the rebels who stole the Death Star plans. Qi’Ra is a hero/villain who can switch identities and allegiances on a whim. Rose is a hero with a super lovable disposition. Amilyn Holdo is a fierce Admiral who will be obeyed unless you want to pay the consequences. I don’t know the Star Wars: Rebels heroines but I’m sure they are just as cool.
I frankly think that Rey is literally a perfect heroine. Everything about her is 100% awesome but there are plenty of women in cinema who are great heroines. Sarah Connor, Wonder Woman, Storm, etc. If those type of women could be portrayed as Jedi or simply fierce warriors in Star Wars they might seriously give Rey a run for her money.
Until then Rey has my #1 spot on the Star Wars heroine list and I just can’t wait to see her in Episode IX.
I’m a huge fan of action movies but every once in a while I like to dabble into other genres and see films of a different variety. So, a couple of days ago I decided to watch Murder on the Orient Express. It caught my attention last year mainly because Daisy Ridley (Rey from Star Wars) was in it and I finally decided to watch it. Since I’ve seen it I’m here to share with you my review of the movie. Enjoy!
Murder on the Orient Express plays out as expected. Renowned detective Poirot has been cracking cases around the world without rest and after solving one final mystery he decides to go on vacation. We are introduced to characters played by immediately recognizable big name actors and actresses and together he and these unknown individuals hop aboard the Orient Express. Little does he know that one of the passengers will end up being murdered. And so the mystery begins.
As he went through the train obtaining clues and trying to resolve who committed the crime it was fun to try to solve the mystery along with him. I picked three suspects and I kind of was right but I was mostly wrong on who actually did the murderous deed. *shrug*
Like all murder mystery movies there’s always deflections on who the actual killer is but by the end the answer to the conundrum was finally resolved and I was legitimately surprised.
Princess/General Leia and Rey are two of the most important heroines in cinema history. Each character was a groundbreaking development for the portrayal of women in Star Wars and have paved their own legacies through this wonderful franchise. Now as one character’s story continues and another’s has fallen their inspiring paths are all the more brilliant to observe, especially when the two strong women are in the same presence as one another. But of the two who is the greater heroine?
Each of these characters has inspired girls and women around the globe by showing how powerful a woman can be through young and old age. It seems unthinkable to distinguish one above the other but they do have their differences. Their strengths and weaknesses are the things that we individually identify with the most. So, on this segment of Who’s Your Favorite, I am celebrating the heroines that have brought much happiness to so many people around the world. Enjoy!
Episode IX begins filming this month and it seems a new actress will be joining the cast for this Star Wars finale. FX’s The Americans actress, Keri Russel, is highly rumored to play a mystery role in the upcoming Star Wars movie and that’s exciting news indeed for two reasons.
One, that means there will be even more fascinating female characters to enjoy in Star Wars. Disney has made the Star Wars franchise such an inclusive instrument of movie making and to see that yet another actress is set to appear in another Star Wars film is super excitign to see.
Secondly, it’s always fun contemplating who certain actors or actresses will be portrayed as. The easy answer is that she’s probably going to play an officer or commander of the Resistance because she just seems like the perfect candidate for that role. Or she could be on the First Order side of things and potentially be a major female villain for the film in the absence of Captain Phasma. Or…and this is where my imagination turns a little bonkers, but what if she was cast for the role of Rey’s mother?
The two actresses definitely have their similarities. They both have the same square face shapes and while Daisy Ridley is clearly a different complexion than Keri Russel that doesn’t matter as much because Rey has a father too. She could’ve gotten her complexion from him.
Wouldn’t this be an astonishing twist?! Here was Kylo Ren saying that her parents were drunkards who died in the Jakku desert and it turns out that they are in fact alive and well. That would be absolutely fascinating and would take the emotional complexity of Episode IX to the next level.
Of course, Keri Russel will probably not be playing Rey’s mystery mother but if she is I am going to lose it with excitement. Please J.J Abrams, please bring the conversation of Rey’s parents come around full circle in this most satisfying scenario. (Please.)
All in all, this is exciting news and I can’t wait to share more tantalizing rumors with you all. I thank you for reading and I hope you have a great day. May the Force be with you.
I know it’s still a long time before Episode IX comes out in theaters (605 days to be exact) but I’ve owned The Last Jedi over a month now, I’ve watched and analyzed the movie over a dozen times, and it’s time for the Episode IX theories to start flowing. Especially with the filming for the movie beginning this summer. So, through the next few days I’m going to provide my theories on where these characters’ stories should go next and maybe my theories will be slightly correct. Only time will tell. 🙂 Enjoy!
And Rey’s Journey Continues….
Rey has undergone an emotional and fascinating journey as she has learned about the Force, discovered that her parents were Jakku bums (I know that sounds terrible but it’s the truth,) and become the new hope for the Resistance but now where does her story take her? What could J.J Abrams pick up story wise where Rian Johnson left off? Well, I have an idea and even though it might not happen I think it sounds pretty awesome.
The story of Star Wars really harks back to the tale of destiny that has been told for centuries through fairy tales and epic plays. In the original trilogy the story revolved around Luke and his journey as he turned from being just a hopeful farm boy wanting to go an adventure to a powerful Jedi who would then bring peace and order back to the galaxy. His journey was complex and difficult but it all led to a rather satisfying end. For Anakin his journey was reminiscent to Luke’s and the exact opposite at the same time. He was a young slave boy who wanted to travel the galaxy and explore the stars but instead of him becoming a hero like Luke did he became a galactic monster as he transformed into Darth Vader and brought a terrible darkness to the galaxy. Both of these men were central figures in their trilogies and while their humble beginnings were very similar their outcomes were much different. And that’s where I come to Rey.
Rey, like Luke and Anakin, has a nearly identical humble beginning to her incredible journey. She was a scavenger surviving day by day by providing Unkar Plutt mechanical scraps in return for food. She too, like them, wanted to journey beyond the stars and make a better life for herself. She was basically a slave, like Anakin was, and she also came from a sand planet. If you really think about it, it’s kind of odd how much alike Luke, Anakin, and Rey’s stories are.
So yeah, Rey is very much like these two past central characters but, judging from her story in the two movies of her journey so far, what does it look like the end of her journey will entail for her? Well, let’s take a quick look at that journey she’s partaken on.