I haven’t seen Star Wars The Last Jedi yet. I didn’t see The Force Awakens in theaters either (the joys of having a toddler).
I figure I will probably get around to seeing The Last Jedi as some point, but the more I read about it, the less I care to.
The Guardian says the movie is “A Force for good: why the Last Jedi is the most triumphantly feminist Star Wars movie yet.”
The New Statesman says “The Last Jedi is the first properly feminist Star Wars.” It goes on to give this warning “Warning: spoilers and deconstruction of the patriarchy ahead.” Fantastic, that’s exactly what I want to read.
Australian News says “Feminists praise Star Wars: The Last Jedi”
Inverse Entertainment goes on to lecture me about Star Wars feminism with:
“Side note: feminism isn’t just about people who identify as women. The film’s main male characters — Finn, Poe Dameron, Kylo Ren, and Luke Skywalker — were all allowed their own room to grow and change and feel their feelings, which is a subject that more male-focused feminism often looks at. In our world, men are often told time and time again that they’re not allowed to feel emotion; the guys in The Last Jedi were not only allowed to feel emotion but encouraged to, and that’s lovely.”
Ah yes, the “men can’t feel emotion” trope. I guess Rocky was just about punching people and Saving Private Ryan was and action movie.
What I learned from all these articles (and more) is that hooray Social Justice Feminism and if you don’t like the new Star Wars movies, it’s because you are a sexist neck-beard.
From Wired: “Star Wars: The Last Jedi Will Bother Some People. Good.” Ah yes, nothing says feminism like “if you don’t like this movie it is because you are a shitty person.”
This movie is going to be insufferable.
Well, from what I saw in The Force Awakens and what I know about The Last Jedi, this movie is completely feminist, in all the worst ways. The movie is totally sexist, and that makes it terrible.
Anakin Skywalker has both arms and both legs cut off in lightsaber battles. He is also burned alive by lava.
Luke loses a hand to Darth Vader.
Luke cuts off Vader’s hand, bringing the Anakin limb loss count to five.
Mace Windu loses a hand, and Coun Dooku loses both.
Pretty much getting a limb chopped off is a right of passage for a Jedi.
In The Force Awakens, Rey fights Kylo Ren. Ren is about as bad ass a Sith as we’ve seen so far. He is the grandson of Vader. He defeated Luke Skywalker. He can stop blaster bolts in mid air.
He goes up against Rey, who has had no training and has held a lightsaber once, and he gets slashed in the face and she comes away with all her body parts.
If there is anything to go on from Episodes 1-6, Rey should have come away from that fight in several pieces, to be rebuilt with droid parts in a Rebel ship somewhere.
Instead, because she’s a girl, she doesn’t even get her makeup smeared by Ren.
There will never be any character growth as long as she can defeat any bad guy she comes across because the writers don’t want to take an arm off the pretty girl.
That’s Third Wave Social Justice Feminism in a nutshell. Hooray women! Girl power! Except you can’t hurt the hot chick, because that’s mean…
P.S. Here is why I don’t like the New Trilogy.
Spoilers ahead, BTW. Oh yeah, and they bred raptors, you’re gonna need a bigger boat, and I’l be your wingman anytime.
They are just giving force powers away at this point. In the Prequel Trilogy, it is established in Episode 1 that nine-year-old Anakin was too old to start training to be a Jedi, and 25 year old Obi Won was still a Padawan. Becoming a Jedi took a lifetime of training. Despite being incredibly powerful, Anakin loses his fight with Obi Won.
In the Original Trilogy, Luke is 18 (old enough to enlist in the Imperial fleet) when he starts training with Obi Won. Luke never fights Vader in A New Hope. He goes to Dagobah to train with Yoda, leaves, gets beaten by Vader, then trains some more before fighting Vader a second time. We don’t know how long that is, but it is long enough to Luke to age visibly between these points and for the second Death Star to get nearly finished, so some time. It two movies for Luke to be able to take on Vader in a lightsaber battle and not die (and I think Vader taking it easy on Luke because he didn’t want to kill his son).
In the New Trilogy, the actress who plays Rey is 25, so Rey is some time around that age. She’s never even heard of the Jedi. She picks up Luke’s lightsaber is some poor man’s Mos Eisley cantina, has a flashback, and BOOM is a super powerful Jedi.
Rey does an amazing force pull and gets a lightsaber away from Ren, slashes him in the face, and beats him in her very first lightsaber battle. No training, no spending years in seclusion, no character development. She just about became a Jedi from a box of Cracker Jacks.