There has been much commentary on Rey as being a “Mary Sue,” ie, an unrealistically skilled cosplayer romping in a boy’s movie. I don’t even know where to begin. I’m 54 years old and I’d thought this kind of woman-hating bullshit had evaporated by now. Luke Skywalker can single-handedly destroy a space-station his first time out and he’s a “classic hero,” but if a girl can operate a machine and handle a light-saber she’s apparently a cynical ploy on the part of a heartless studio. It’s disgusting and stupid.
This article has already been among the rounds, but I only just saw the film and so was avoiding it. Alcott always has insightful film commentary, and I found the above quote especially worthy.