Star Wars passes feminist test

“Among its many wonderful qualities, STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS passes the Bechdel test,” Rebecca Keegan of the Los Angeles Times tweeted. (Photo: Hugogloss/Instagram)
“Among its many wonderful qualities, STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS passes the Bechdel test,” Rebecca Keegan of the Los Angeles Times tweeted. (Photo: Hugogloss/Instagram)

The Force is strong with this one, some feminist reviewers have said of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Some early reviews of the latest instalment of the epic George Lucas franchise indicate that the film passes the Bechdel test, Time reports.

To pass the test, two female characters must have at least one conversation that doesn’t revolve around men. The test is named after Alison Bechdel, an American cartoonist who was inspired by her friend Liz Wallace and the writings of Virginia Woolf, to gauge how women are portrayed in film.

Approving reviewers at Monday night’s Hollywood premiere tweeted that female stars Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Lupita N’yongo and Gwendoline Christie do have more on their minds than guys with big glowing sticks.

“Among its many wonderful qualities, STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS passes the Bechdel test,” Rebecca Keegan of the Los Angeles Times tweeted.

The film has also been praised for its progressive costuming by Gwendoline Christie, who plays villain Captain Phasma, for being a long way from having a princess dress in a golden bikini in space.

Let’s also count how many times human smuggler Han Solo calls that princess “sweetheart” this time, though.

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