I was thinking about the character of Rey and how the latest movie did...and didn’t do something. The movie revealed that Rey’s parents were nobodies. Actually...nobodies is the term you would use if you were an asshole or living with assholes long enough that you call human beings with no flashy titles, possessions, resources, or renoun. Rey’s parents weren’t royalty or whatever. They were ordinary people who were pretty dirty parents. This, I actually liked because it does remove- as I’ve complained about before- the congenital glory factor.
However, the movie subverts this move by giving Rey so much for so little. Not only is she a force user, but she is among the very strongest. Not only this, but she is- as of yet- all-capable. She can do anything exceedingly well. This is not a role-model for a human being, this is a fantasy for dreamers. Yeah, men have been indulging themselves with these images for millenia, but is this about catch-up or improvement.
There’s some other things that bother me about Rey’s character and I think most of it comes from my suspicion that Rey is not allowed to be a character, she has to be an umbrella symbol
for every good standard. But the one that rankled most was that Rey still is the Chosen One. She doesn’t reslly work for anything, things are handed to her. She’s blessed with immaculate gifts and her life is plotted through extraordinary circumstances that don’t feel earned as
much as they do pre-written. This would be fine if Star Wars was just a movie so chill out bro, but that’s not what Star Wars offers itself as. It’s trying to be influential. It’s trying to teach morality and philosophy. But it’s conflicted and it shows.
Er...Maybe not so short...