I’m surprised to hear that there are people who didn’t notice the chemistry between Kylo Ren & Rey in both “The Force Awakens” and “The Last Jedi.” That blows my mind.
When I think about it, I remember “Bewitched.” Not the movie – the old TV show. It is my Rosetta Stone for on-screen chemistry.
In most of “Bewitched,” Dick York (who played Darrin) had terrific chemistry with Elizabeth Montgomery (who played Samantha). They got into each others’ space. They touched. It was sexy and flirty and sometimes intimate. Dick York always managed to touch Elizabeth Montgomery – on the arm, the waist, the shoulders. He practically lived in her personal space, comfortable in a way that real married couples are.
In the final seasons, Dick York left the show because of an agonizing back injury and was replaced by Dick Sargent, who did not have the same chemistry with Elizabeth Montgomery. He didn’t get into her personal space, and his body didn’t angle toward her. The reason for this? Sargent was gay. It’s hard to have chemistry with someone you intrinsically can’t find attractive. Some actors can do it, but Sargent couldn’t.
Since I saw the difference firsthand between York and Sargent, both with the same actress, I learned what chemistry is and isn’t.
Adam Driver and Daisy Ridley have great on-screen chemistry. After I saw “The Force Awakens,” I thought, “Huh,” but didn’t dive into the fandom because I didn’t think anything would come of it. I just walked away thinking it was a shame they’d probably let all of that chemistry fizzle out over the next two movies.
Then, in “The Last Jedi,” they ramped it the hell up. They didn’t just refuse to let it fizzle, they turned it up to a boil.
And I left crying because I was so scared that the next movie wouldn’t have a happy ending. If it doesn’t, it will crush me. I got emotionally invested in “The Last Jedi” in a way I haven’t with anything else in the Star Wars franchise.
Since then, the Reylo fan community has soothed my heartbroken hopes. Whether or not Rey and Kylo Ren get together in the third movie, I feel better because there are so many other wonderful people making content with the happily-ever-after I crave.
Lastly, it’s okay if you don’t ship them romantically. What I’m trying to point out is that their characters have an intense chemistry, much different than they have with any of the other characters, and whatever happens to them at the end of this story arc, they have created some beautiful, subtle, and heart-wrenching scenes together.