Star Wars: The Last Jedi features a variety of scenes that are visually different and more surreal than other Star Wars movies, like Rey’s mirror sequence.
The scene is painted as a haunting moment, with Rey seeing an infinite number of herself lined up against a mirror during her stay on Ach-To. Seeking the mirror’s powers to find out the true identity of her parents, Rey only sees her reflection in the end, realizing she’s alone. The scene is similar to Luke’s mirage/dream-like confrontation with Darth Vader on Dagoba – only for Luke to find out that he was inside the suit, slowly teasing the idea that his own flesh and blood is tucked behind the daunting suit.
Rian Johnson, the director of The Last Jedi recently revealed, at a Q &A with Collider, that he had imagined Rey’s mirror sequence before he had even begun scripting the film:
“The origin of that was honestly just very, very, very early before I started even coming up with story, It was a visual image I had in my head just when I was thinking about Rey and thinking about what was important to her and her search really for identity and for place. And, you know, as the hero in a hero’s journey, that’s the whole the archetypal hero’s journey, the Joseph Campbell, all of that really what it boils down to is just a roadmap for adolescence basically, for going from childhood into adulthood and the big things we all have to go through to get there. For Rey, that means ‘what is my place in this story?’ and she thinks she’s going to get it from these various sources and they’re all letting her down and she’s still holding out this hope in her heart that her identity from her parents is going to give it to her.”
Johnson continued by discussing how Rey realizing she is alone may be a hit on a personal level, but she’ll never be alone in the world:
“So, it was just an image that came into my head of this infinite line of, you know, possibilities of self in this infinite line of possibilities of identity and the notion then of playing with which one is the quote-unquote real her,” Johnson explained. “Which one is going to be her and where does it end, and it does end someplace. It ends at a place that shows her basically her kind of worst fear which is that there is just her. She’s alone which, again, is true from a certain point of view and very untrue from another point of view. From that last scene on the Falcon with Leia, I think, is kind of the response to the end of that mirror scene.”
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“In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past.”
Directed by Rian Johnson, The Last Jedi stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern and Benicio Del Toro.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is currently in theatres.