Note: This post is written in collaboration with blogger and author MMLeonard.
Just who is Rey?
We know that she’s a scavenger on Jakku, she knows how fly to the falcon by nature, and she has the ways of the force without even knowing it. But that’s all we know about her.
Just who IS Rey?
She could be Luke’s daughter. She could be Han and Leia’s daughter, as well as Kylo Ren’s sister. She could be Obi Wan’s granddaughter. She could have no relation to the characters at all. And until Episode VIII or even Episode IX comes out, we’ll have to rely on theories.
So what’s my theory?
Is her relation:
B. Han and Leia
C. Obi Wan
D. None of the Above
The answer is actually:
E. All of the above
As in, she’s a mixture of all three of them. In other words, a clone. A three-way clone with the combined DNA of Luke, Kylo Ren, and Obi Wan, the only ones left who are alive with the force.
It’s Marsellus Wallace’s soul
It’s radioactive material
It’s the diamonds from Reservoir Dogs
It’s an orange lightbulb
Over the past 22 years of this film’s existence, theory after theory has come out concerning the contents inside the briefcase in Pulp Fiction. It’s such a coveted mystery, that not even Tarantino himself knows what’s inside. He has stated before that he couldn’t think of anything fitting to put in the briefcase, and instead resorted to leaving it up to the viewer to decide; leaving it as what Alfred Hitchcock calls, a “MacGuffin.”
Way, way back in the year 1968, a certain man named Stanley Kubrick has a very specific vision of a film that he wanted to direct. This film would be released just as America sent its troops to Vietnam, and shortly before man was finally put on the moon. With the Civil Rights Movement still fresh in everybody’s memories, here came this cinematic triumph that Kubrick crafted to ask everybody to halt and look at themselves once more. This film was called, 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Ever since its 1968 release, countless essays, commentaries, and theories were posed offering different interpretations of the overall meaning of the picture. Some have interpreted it to show the relationships between man and machine, some to show the relationships between man and the universe, some to show the relationships between man and the movies. But what was my take on this film? None of these. What I think this film has been meant to symbolize is actually a little more under the surface, but communicates more than what appears at first:
The meaning of 2001: A Space Odyssey is the record of the birth of a human, from intercourse, to fertilization, to pregnancy, to birth.
What led me to this conclusion? Well, let’s take a look (warning: there will be major spoilers if you haven’t seen the movie yet, but it is currently available on Netflix).