Daisy Ridley recently did a Facebook Live Q&A, and when asked about Rey’s weaknesses Ridley responded:
“I don’t really believe in weaknesses in people. Because I think you can’t decide what’s good and what’s bad in a person because everything makes the whole and the whole is greater than the sum of the parts, as we know. I for sure think people can work on themselves, with things like anger and jealousy, maybe things like that, but that’s workable, that’s not something that’s fixed that can’t be changed. You can work on that. And I don’t think she’s those things.”
When asked if Rey wanting to know more about her parents could be seen as a weakness, Ridley added:
“I do not think that is a weakness. Great question, but I don’t think that is a weakness. I think longing for something, there’s usually a reason you’re longing for it. Even though she’s very hopeful about moving forward, there’s clearly some stuff that she needs to put to bed and that is all going to help her, moving forward. So I don’t think that’s a weakness. I think it’s a wonderful…again, sort of adds to the brilliant hopefulness that, what may have happened wasn’t so bad. Like, that she wasn’t just left there by these awful people. And, also, it leads her on this amazing journey. That’s part of the whole thing. She wouldn’t have gone. I think she wouldn’t have stayed if she didn’t really want that. She wouldn’t have had the moment with Luke and all of the other amazing stuff that happened.”
There is a lot to unpack from these two quotes. First, while The Last Jedi is definitely split between fans I think it is safe to say that Rey had trouble succumbing to the dark side in the film. She even went down the creepy hole into the underwater cave to find out more about her parents. If that is not a weakness I don’t know what is. She also perhaps trusts people a tad too easily (*cough* Kylo Ren *cough*).
It’s been pointed out that heroes need weaknesses. It is the reason Superman has kryptonite, for example. If our heroes are purely invincible then they are not compelling individuals. Nobody will read a Superman comic if they know that Superman will never be defeated or never die. Kryptonite allows the audience to wonder if Superman will be able to overcome his weakness to find a way to still be triumphant. Weaknesses come in all forms, whether psychological, physical, intellectual, creative, etc. so I find it odd that Ridley does not think they exist.
What are your thoughts on Ridley’s comments? Does a Rey with no weaknesses make her flawed in that she is invincible in some regards?
Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits physical media on March 27, 2018.
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Posted by Star Wars on Friday, March 9, 2018