With over $2 billion in the bank, and nearly universal acclaim, J.J. Abrams did a lot of things right with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but there were also a few knit picky items. Of course, knit picking seeming trivialities is what separates the fans from the nerds, but in this instance, are we maybe making much ado about nothing? Well it certainly wasn’t too much to bother Abrams about while he was out recently doing a round of press for the upcoming 10 Cloverfield Lane, which comes out this Friday. Now, in order to take about this, you’re being warned that there will be spoilers. So if you’re one of the 11 people who haven’t seen The Force Awakens yet, move along…
As you know, at the end of The Force Awakens when Rey (Daisy Ridley) disembarks the Millennium Falcon after escaping the Star Killer base, and in the midst of seeing everybody celebrate the return of the conquering heroes, she sees Leia (Carrie Fisher) and the two of them hug. No words are exchanged, but the two of them are united in their grief for Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Leia’s ex-husband and Rey’s would-be mentor. Remember how beautiful that was? Yeah, Abrams says he screwed that up…
“That was probably one of the mistakes I made in that. My thinking at the time was that Chewbacca, despite the pain he was feeling, was focused on trying to save Finn and getting him taken care of. So I tried to have Chewbacca go off with him and focus on Rey, and then have Rey find Leia and Leia find Rey. The idea [was] that both of them being strong with the Force and never having met, would [still] know about each other — that Leia would have been told about her beyond what we saw onscreen and Rey of course would have learned about Leia. And that reunion would be a meeting and a reunion all in one, and a sort of commiseration of their mutual loss.”
That’s how I read it, but it seems that people are just so darn literal now in days. When The Force Awakens came out a lot of people wondered aloud if there was more to Rey and Leia, a familial connection that wasn’t spoken of like Rey is Luke’s daughter or Han and Leia’s secret daughter, and that’s what the hug was about. But hardly anyone thought it was just two women who recognize their grief in one and other and go in for a comforting hug, which was really the simplest explanation. Remember Occam’s Razor, people?
Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be available to buy digitally on April 1, and on DVD and Blu-ray on April 5.
Source: Comic Book Movie