By: Dominic Jones
The latest issue of Big Issue magazine features a new interview with Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Daisy Ridley, who is promoting her latest role as Taeko in the Studio Ghibli film Only Yesterday. Of course, the topic of Star Wars was raised, and Ridley shared some thoughts on why fantasy films resonate so much with audiences.
Ridley told Big Issue,
"When you watch something you feel removed from, it becomes that incredible thing of it feeling very close and very far away. You probably have a bigger emotional reaction than reading a newspaper and just seeing facts and figures [because] instead you see someone’s life play out, their soul, and the way they react and respond to the world around them."
She connected this idea to The Force Awakens, saying,
"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."
This is a very interesting perspective from Ridley, and one that I think is right on the money. It's always nice to see that the people involved in the making of Star Wars productions understand why Star Wars is so beloved.
Only Yesterday will be available on DVD and Blu-ray July 5th, 2016.
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