If there's one moment in The Force Awakens that perfectly (yet painfully) represented the transition from one Star Wars generation to another, it's got to be the heartbreaking scene of Han Solo's death. Encouraged by Leia, Han faces his son on Starkiller Base in an attempt to restore their familial bond — but the trust is finally lost when Kylo Ren gives in to the Dark Side, and stabs his own father right in the chest.
This emotional high point in the movie is all the more excruciating when you realize what it implies for Kylo Ren's character, who turned against his own family when Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader were capable of getting at least some sort of closure.
Daisy Ridley, the newcomer to the Star Wars universe who brought Rey to the big screen, added a fascinating layer of interpretation to the scene in an interview with The Big Issue, arguing that:
The Death Of A Beloved Character Can Help People Express Their Grief
Ridley delved a bit further into the meaning of the scene, and offered an insightful perspective on the impact it could have even beyond a movie theater.
"People die so awfully every day that if you experienced every grief the whole world would be a dark, dark place. So many awful things happened last year and Han Solo dying, which was one of the last moments of the year, is some weird way of people experiencing that. People are weighed down by awful things that are happening and what they see on the news. If everybody puts a piece of themselves into Han Solo and Han Solo dies — in the cinema, where it's dark — you can express it and it alleviates some of the pain. His death is obviously not as important as actual lives that are lost but people probably use it as some kind of carrier for the grief."
Her point is extremely relevant and could partly explain the current popularity of tent-poles such as Star Wars, which resonate with countless types of viewers. It's because the characters and their struggles in this universe are so relatable that they can provide the perfect catharsis to their fans.
Daisy Ridley Is A Fantastic Actress And A Clever Human Being
Ever since Ridley appeared on Hollywood's radar thanks to her breakthrough performance as Rey, she's been proving that she's not only a talented actress, she also has the wit to dive into her character and won't shy away from standing her ground.
At the MTV Movie Awards in April, she celebrated the diversity in Star Wars. When online comments started emerging about Rey's figure, criticizing her for setting unrealistic expectations, she responded on Instagram with a heartfelt post about why she believed Rey was actually a legitimate source of inspiration and an awesome step forward as far as female characters go.
Her fresh and honest voice is certainly a gem in the movie industry, and I hope she'll stay true to herself as she climbs her way into stardom.
Do you think Daisy Ridley has a point about the death of Han Solo?
Source: The Big Issue