a reply to: Profusion
It is indeed a trend, and there could be worse ones. Think about the original Trilogy for a second: You have Leia, a strong female role herself, pick
up a gun within the first movie. She hits more targets than any of the stormtroopers shown, she (in the implied background) also is part of a
rebellion group, and in the latest film acts as a primary figure.
Rey was also introduced - another strong lead that not only was a bit of eye-candy for the guys watching, but was also placed there so that possibly,
girls might be interested in seeing the new film as well.
Producers of movies can see where the current trends in society are - For example, I can think of at least 10 movies that came out around 2012 that
were "world ending". That wasn't conspiracy - they knew the significance of the Dec 21, 2012 date, even though nothing came of it.
You have somewhat popular movies that are coming out with "strong" female roles (strong in quotes only because these are films I don't watch, and
books that I don't read). Hunger Games, Divergent, The new generation of Star Wars movies. Quite frankly, I'm alright with this - Now, I would
obviously have a problem if the main character says things like "all guys are stupid". But they don't.
PS: On the side - The movie is supposed to give you the idea it's "her against the Empire". Not only does it make the movie sound more interesting by
adding a tinge of hope and despair, but remember, with Star Wars, there are a lot of moving parts on the back, out of sight. And, you don't send an
army to retrieve plans if you want to do it covertly; you send one or two people at most. I wonder, would you be saying the same about Frodo and Sam
being the only ones to be sent into Mordor, when they don't appear to have what it takes to complete their task? They did just fine, and judging by
Rogue's placement in the Star Wars timeline, I'm guessing the lead does fine as well, as the Rebels end up with the plans, eh?
Playing Devil's advocate here, so nothing of mine is personal - just discussion.