8 Problems Nobody Wants To Admit About Star Wars: The Force Awakens
6. Rey Is Too Powerful, Too Quickly
Yes, of course the argument can be made that even Luke managed to destroy the original Death Star after only a couple of hours from being catapulted into his adventure, but Rey really takes the biscuit here. She goes from landlocked scavenger to skilled fighter to great pilot, to mind-trick using, lightsaber-wielding Jedi Knight who can go toe-to-toe with a proficient Force-user like Kylo. By the end of the film there's seemingly no further need for Rey to even bother training. It's all a little much. Screenwriter and vocal Twitter user Max Landis recently drew a lot of heat for describing Rey as a 'Mary Sue', which refers to a trope wherein characters are over-powered and learn intense skills far too quickly, or easily. The point he makes is perfectly valid, in that there are no stakes for Rey; she's never really in danger because she is somehow really adept at using the Force when she doesn't even really know what it is. When she's been captured by the First Order, she uses the Jedi mind trick on a stormtrooper (James Bond himself, no less) to persuade him to release her. The only thing is, no one in the context of the movie has told her that such a thing even exists, let alone how to perform it. There are some defenders of the movie who are saying that it's likely Rey was present at Luke's new Jedi academy as a youngling, and therefore retained some of what she learnt about the Force. Even if that were an accurate theory, it should be the case that The Force Awakens stand on its own two feet as movie, rather than one of a planned three. Speaking of Rey...
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