Now let me attempt to side step my soapbox for a moment while I talk about the women in this film. While I don’t always agree that Bechdel Test is the best form of measurement when it comes to the integrity of gender portrayal, but it is something that is a consistently used method for film criticisms. That being said… The Force Awakens passes the test where the most basic requirement is for two women to talk to each other about something other then a guy.
Rey, is this epic story’s heroine. I found myself pleasantly surprised when Rey was in a fight with multiple male baddies trying to save BB-8 from being taken. During this scene Finn starts to come to Rey’s rescue only before he gets there he realizes that she doesn’t need saving at all. Throughout the whole film Rey finds herself saving Finn. Never once is Rey sexualised instead her character is strong, intelligent, independent and able to save herself.
The other strong female is General Leia. This might be a rather clear attempt at correcting the image of helpless slave bikini Leia from movies past. Now, General Leia of the Resistance, she is independent, strong, and not afraid to live her own kick ass life as she’s even split from Han Solo.
Maz (Lupito N’yongo) is an older, wise woman, revered above many and very Yoda-esk. She was fantastic and again not just there to chat about boys.
While I know there were others, the only other female to stand out to me was a Chief Stormtrooper (Gwendoline Christie). I don’t recall in the past ever seeing a Stormtooper clearly labeled as a girl. There is no defining female body armor, which I appreciate, it’s armor after all and doesn’t need to be sexual.
In my personal opinion, I feel like for the first time the fandom spoke and the creators listened. The Force Awakens brings back to screen the same magic that the original trilogy had, contains strong females characters that weren’t simply sexual objects, and developed in such a way that when you leave the theatre you’re begging for more.
I’ve been a Star Wars girl since I was five years old. It means the world to me that Episode VII was created so beautifully.
I never even mentioned how wonderful Adam Driver was in this film! I love him in Girls as well as a few other small rolls he’s had. It was nice to see him here as Kylo Ren, the son of Liea and Han Solo.
The endless, and I truly mean endless number of cameos was fantastic: Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Love Actually and Maze Runner), Ewan McGregor, Mark Hamill, Frank Oz, Billie Lourd, Jessica Henwick, Bill Hader (as BB-8), Simon Pegg (as Unkar Plutt!), Greg Grunberg, Mark Stanley, Warwick Davis (who’s been in both Return of the Jedi & The Phantom Menace) Even Daniel Craig played a Stormtrooper!