Tag: The Last Jedi

Notes on hope

The Last Jedi arrived at the perfect time, puncturing the creeping cultural cynicism with its indomitable message of hope. It brings the franchise full circle with Star Wars’ first outing released forty years before. In the decades since A New Hope hit screens, the world has grown increasingly […]

The language of touch and hands in Star Wars

Holding hands carries with it a significance in storytelling and real life. Science shows that joining hands can synchronise breathing and heartrate while, in fiction, an outstretched hand is an offer, a plea or invitation. The last few months brought hand holding and gestures to the forefront of […]

Why Rey is not a Mary Sue

Since the release of The Force Awakens in 2015, the argument over whether protagonist Rey is a Mary Sue has waged on. The addition of The Last Jedi to the ongoing saga has only thrown fuel on the fire. But to dismiss Rey’s character in this way is […]