That said, she was outstanding
in TFA. When you look back to the PT and how hard a time some fairly decent actors had with this kind of hokey genre stuff and then compare Daisy Ridley's performance in TFA - wow - she sold this stuff better than anyone has. She 100% carried that film.
Oddly, I didn't feel the same way about her in TLJ so maybe a lot of the credit goes to J.J. (and some should be taken away from RJ?). Or maybe it was just a lightning-in-a-bottle kind of thing for her. Either away I'm shocked anyone could say she can't carry a Star Wars film after what she did in TFA.
I wasn't the biggest fan of TFA so that's probably not the best example. I rather thought they messed her up in the second half of that film. I also thought she was a whole lot more interesting in TLJ. Pairing her with Hamill and Driver really helped.
Either way, I'm just not buying her as an actress.
Really??? This probably isn't a popular sentiment around here, but Mark Hamill isn't exactly Marlon Brando. Luckily he didn't ever have to carry Star Wars movies by himself and neither does Ridley.
He carried TLJ to a large degree. The film succeeded as well as it did largely based on how well he sold his performance. Furthermore, he has a gravitas in a Star Wars film that no one else can match.
I mentioned it before, Hamill is the actor that I trust more than anyone else in these films. You give him a role and he'll just go for it even when it's pretty silly. He's made a career out of it starting with doing his part to make Yoda live and continuing through his ton of voice-over work.
It was NEVER the goal of the Disney or Lucasfilm for the OT stars to lead the ST. They were always meant to hand the story off to the next generation.
True. I just don't think the next generation is ready. Finn is a lost cause and Rey and Poe barely know each other. The only two characters with a connection I enjoy are Rey and Ben. Given all that, I'd rather lean on Luke for another half movie before he makes his heroic sacrifice.