J Style Pty Ltd
February 5, 2020
Have you seen it? I was planning to go with my son but before we knew it the theatre run was over and we'd missed it! Then our local Wollongong Uni Movie Club was showing the latest and last (really?) Star Wars installment and I ended up going with friends instead.
Well, what can I say?
I really enjoyed Star Wars The Force Awakens (VII). Nostalgia overload! Then in Star Wars The Last Jedi (VIII), Kylo Ren smashed his helmet to pieces and I actually groaned and grabbed my son's arm. What was I going to do with the hundreds of Kylo Ren Helmet shaped mugs and money boxes on their way from Japan right at that moment?
I shouldn't have worried. Darth Vader's helmet shaped ceramics are still selling better than any other design and he's been dead and his helmet all smashed up for decades.
So, in Star Wars IX, Kylo Ren repairs his helmet! And not only that he clearly uses the Japanese technique of kintsugi to piece it back together. I took this as an obvious hint that Kylo is really not such a bad guy after all. He's repairing and recycling! He has access to a fleet of planet destroying spaceships, and surely he could afford a new helmet, but he not only repaired his old helmet, by using the kintsugi technique, he kept the history of his helmet's journey, and his journey, visible for all to see.
Now if you save up all your coins in a Kylo Ren money box and smash it open in your rush to get to the cash, you can always use kintsugi to glue it back together, just like Kylo Ren himself.