I first want to warn everybody that there will be spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Also that this will not exactly be a review for the film in other than words I will not be listing why this is a good or bad movie. Here are my opinions on the feminist aspect of the new Stars Wars film:
- Rey is an bad ass future Jedi. I think she is one of the most interesting dynamic characters in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but there might be too many strengths and not enough weakness. The future Jedi has the force, is a talented natural pilot, and great at fighting with a staff. While I absolutely love how Rey flipped the damsel and distress stereotype on its head when she always rescued herself or had to save Finn, but how many talents can this girl have. She is a future Jedi so I can see her being able to bend people’s minds or use a light saber pretty well. Fine I can buy that all those years tinkering with spaceships can lead her to be a pretty good pilot and catch Hans Solos eye, but also extremely skilled with a staff come on. That takes years of training and being taught by a master plus thats one too many natural talents. How about Rey still saves herself and Finn from the stormtroopers, but instead of being this trained warrior be a super scrappy fighter. She can defeat the brain washed soldiers with messy, but effective kicks and punches. While Rey had emotional weakness especially with her parents dying they were not explored enough leaving the viewer unable to fully feel the impact.
- I loved the new Yoda character Maz Kanta who is a thousand year old female ex-pirate and bar owner at Takodana. Maz Kanta helps Rey realize she has a force and teaches the young woman how to sense it from within. Kanta also gives the girl Luke Skywalker’s light saber which is a vital plot point. The thousand year old pirate was the only character in the film to exhibit any philosophy when she explained how the force connects all of us. The only problem I have is Maz Kanta is not a Jedi so there now way Rey can have Master/Student relationship which could add a cool dynamic to the movies.
- Princess Leia becoming General Leia Organa of the resistance was super awesome to watch on screen. She helps orchestrate all of the missions from the mission base, but there is a sense of gravitas missing from the character. I am not saying Princess Leia has to be more masculine or aggressive, but just have a sense of authority. Captain Kathryn Janeway could not be labeled as an aggressive masculine character. In fact Janeway is extremely compassionate and gentle in most of the time, but you believe that she could lead a whole crew on a starship like Voyager. With Leia I don’t feel that way.