The reviews are finally out for the biggest movie of the year and while the gripping new story is all the rave, it’s newcomer Rey that is earning all the mentions. Here’s five spoiler-free reviews to give you a hint of just how great Daisy Ridley is.
It’s no surprise that everyone is seriously freaking out over Star Wars: The Force Awakens — and Daisy Ridley is blowing everyone’s mind. The newcomer, 23, takes on the role of the heroin, Rey, in Episode VII, and let’s just say, she’s won over everyone’s hearts. Here’s the five reviews with everything you need to know about her role in the movie — and again, there’s no plot spoilers here!
This seventh movie is a humongous piece of cinema — all that a sequel should be and more: a nostalgic homage to the 1977 original, coupled with intergalactic, warp-speed, panoramic blockbuster action, and a new heroine in the form of Daisy Ridley’s Rey.
And Ridley, in a doozy of a breakout role, is terrific as a young woman not yet sure what to make of the powerfully beckoning Force, or of the glorious and terrifying destiny that might await her. She may not yet have the heroic stature of a Katniss Everdeen, but future movies will surely tell.
John Boyega is splendid as repentant former stormtrooper Finn, but the real star of the show – a show which makes rather a point of championing women’s strength over men – is Keira Knightley lookalike Daisy Ridley. Resourceful and sexy, like the principal boy in a pantomime, she plays the heroic Rey, a scavenger from the arid planet Jakku. And despite all the excellent battle sequences, one of the most tense confrontations is a psychological showdown between her and Ren. Ridley has rather sweetly said that landing the role of Rey did not feel as seismic as getting her first decent acting part, on BBC1’s Casualty. Nonetheless, her spirited performance here, which includes a lightsaber fight in a forest that is the equal of any duel between Errol Flynn and Basil Rathbone, is certain to send her career into orbit. Shop gifts for the ‘Star Wars’ fan in your family!
Daisy Ridley however, is the film’s central delight and as Rey her key position in the story and terrifically capable character addresses some of the gender imbalance that has long been an issue in “Star Wars” without ever playing like a patronizing concession. Rey is a character with a real center and a strong motivation, and her rapport with Han Solo is among the film’s highlights. Yet her evolution in this chapter is rather swift, even extreme, almost like Abrams & Co. couldn’t wait for the character to reach her potential. Rey’s development matches the film’s typically rapid pace, which leaves little room for reflection, but the character lights up the screen regardless.
And there are some very impressive newcomers, as well. British actress Daisy Ridley is terrific as Rey, a spunky junk scavenger on a desert planet who becomes a major player on a much larger stage—and provides young female Star Wars fans a rockin’ role model the likes of which they’ve never had before.
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