For those of you who might not know, Kathleen Kennedy is the top dog at LucasFilm, the outfit behind Star Wars. Formerly she was Steven Spielberg’s assistant, producing many of his movies. Much of the glow of Spielberg spilled over to her, making her seem like a good fit for LucasFilm. It has not turned out that way.
There is a good bit to the story, but much of it can be summarized in this photo.
The Force Is Female. What is meant by this? It does seem rather stupid. No interpretations are flattering. Does it mean that the Force is more caring, like women are advertised to be? Does it mean the Force can carry little Forces until birth? Does it mean that the Force favors women for some reason, to the detriment of men? You decide. Perhaps I am not clever enough to see the intended deep meaning.
Anyway, we got the sequel trilogy of Star Wars flicks. The focal character is Rey, a female of course. Clearly she was intended to be the new hero, the one that everybody would love. It didn’t turn out that way. Most are lukewarm to her at best. What happened? Probably Kathleen Kennedy figured that a woman who wielded the Force should be better, because that will stick it to the man. Furthermore, women watching the flick would cheer on Rey, as she is implicitly sticking it to the Patriarchy. No doubt big cheers were expected by Ms. Kennedy. Perhaps there were some women that responded that way, though maybe only the ones most damaged by the Feminist doctrine. Everyone else — not so much.
The thing is that Rey was just so perfect. Probably Ms. Kennedy felt that she had to turn things up to eleven in order to stick it to the Patriarchy. Well, it didn’t work. Furthermore, Rey does not seem to have any morality, any real sense of using her gifts for the betterment of all, no nothing really. Perhaps the idea that she was a super-woman was enough in Ms. Kennedy’s mind. What was she thinking? Is this enough for Feminists-To-The-Core types to be in ecstasy? Please tell me if it is. Would anything other attributes in Rey be distracting from this message? Maybe that was the idea, keep it simple.
One might think that Ms. Kennedy would have learned a bit from Spielberg. Things like tell a compelling story. Also, have your protagonists be relatable and sympathetic. Rey is neither of those. If you meet the above criteria, it is possible to sell the big point that you are trying to make. Perhaps Ms. Kennedy thought that her point was so compelling that she didn’t need to do the other stuff. Or maybe I give her to much credit for thinking that.
Exit Question — Why was the Gina Carano character in the Mandalorian so popular? Especially when Rey was not?