'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Will Reveal Rey's Parents But Not the Whole Story

Friday, 11 August 2017 - 7:38PM
Star Wars
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Friday, 11 August 2017 - 7:38PM
'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Will Reveal Rey's Parents But Not the Whole Story
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Without a doubt, the single most infuriating part of waiting the two years in between Star Wars:The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi is the pointless and frankly annoying "Mystery Box" that J.J. Abrams used to seal away the identity of Rey's parents.

This is a non-question. It shouldn't be something that any of us should have to wonder about. Unless The Last Jedi is entirely structured around a parental reveal so shocking and unexpected that literally no Star Wars fan could have guessed it over the past year and a half, this mystery only serves as a marketing gimmick to keep audiences endlessly debating The Force Awakens until such a time as the next movie in the series hits theaters.

That's why it's an absolutely fantastic relief to hear that no, don't worry, Lucasfilm isn't going to leave us hanging for another two years. According to Rian Johnson, The Last Jedi will definitely settle the question of who Rey's parents are. But the movie won't give us all the answers, because of course not.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Johnson said:

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To me, it's important insofar as it's important to her, and I think it's important to her in terms of what is her place in all of this? What's going to define her in this story? She was told in the last movie that the answer's not in the past; it's looking forward. But she's showing up on this island to talk to this hero from the past.
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Daisy Ridley also has some interesting commentary to give on this issue, which seems to contradict an earlier report she gave on the film:

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You can always look for answers and that doesn't mean that the rest of your life is so easy. It's not like, oh, I know who my parents are so now everything falls into shape, especially in the Star Wars world. Yes, it would potentially change her mind, or at least give her a little bit more peace in moving forward. But ultimately what's coming is coming, and whatever abilities she has are there. So, personally, I think it's less important than even she may think."
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Whelp, sounds like the identity of Rey's parents isn't exactly going to shape the movie as a whole - it's an unimportant issue that's tagged onto the side simply in order to appease the poor fans who've been trapped in an endless spiral of theories and debates for the last year and a half. It also sounds suspiciously like the future holds yet more Mystery Boxes (as Abrams likes to call them) as Rey learns about her parents, but then finds herself with plenty more questions that need to be solved.



In truth, it wouldn't be surprising if even Lucasfilm had known who Rey's parents were when The Force Awakens was being made - this stinks of the kind of "watch for the later payoff" nonsense that has made JJ Abrams so successful as a filmmaker despite a complete and total lack of original ideas. Where the original Star Wars trilogy revolves around a second act twist that's one of the most iconic reveals in history, Disney's trilogy instead makes a big promise at the start, even though the series can't possibly deliver a meaningful and satisfying form of closure that's going to appease fans.

At least one good thing comes out of this - if Rian Johnson has structured The Last Jedi so that the big parental reveal doesn't have a huge impact on the narrative, at least that's one area in which the movie won't be directly copying The Empire Strikes Back in the way The Force Awakens was a remake of A New Hope.

Hopefully that means that whatever big moment becomes the lynchpin of the series, it won't be another big Mystery Box that'll leave audiences scratching their heads and wondering what's going on.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi comes out December 15, 2017.
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