Engrained in my mind is the final scene of the film -- the final look. As the epilogue concludes, Mia (Emma Stone) follows her husband out of the club, but not before looking back at Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) for what's probably the last time. We see a close-up of her face as she looks at him, and of Sebastian's as he meets her gaze. Their eyes lock and you can see the emotion loud and clear. It's momentary, but there's a real sense of finality to it. And it hits hard. It's a look of longing, pain, and heartbreak, but also of pride, fulfillment, and appreciation. Their eyes express a lamentation for what was and what could've been -- all while acknowledging their present, and how far they've both come over the past five years.
When we last saw Rory, she was gearing up to leave Stars Hollow to report on Barack Obama’s presidential campaign for an online publication. Now (9 years later, at 32 years old), Rory is uninspired, without a stable income, and essentially...homeless. So what happened to our career woman who once aspired to be the next Christiane Amanpour?
Alive. New York City made me feel alive. And that’s not to say that I was like, dead, or whatever back home, but there’s something about this city that had me feeling, thinking, and behaving differently than how I normally do – I was put under its spell, and frankly, I didn’t ever want it to wear off.
In the wise words of that sword-swinging little girl that Ellen Degeneres brought onto her show, “not every girl dreams of being a princess” — a phrase which proves to encapsulate Rey. And so, here is my list of reasons for why I think Daisy Ridley’s Rey is more apt for the title of Miss Universe 2015 (Miss Jakku, if you will). It goes without saying that this article contains SPOILERS. But seriously, the movie has been out for almost a month now – go see it!