I honestly believe Disney cares more about looking like they're in favour of diversity, than putting their money where their mouth is.
They talk all about female empowerment, yet Rey is not written very well, and Leia did more (and has had more impact thus far) in the OT than she's done in these new movies. And the less said about Rose the better.
And Finn? So much made of them having a black lead, only to make him a glorified space-janitor. I mean, sure, the whole former hitler youth thing was interesting, but they really didn't go anywhere near as far with it as they could with it. Oh, and him being lectured by Rose. That was real nice.
I actually have noticed this among not just these movies, but others that are supposed to be about empowerment(It happens in WW too). And you just pointed out why I don't like forced diversity. Him being a black lead shouldn't matter. If they had this character and saw this actor and said "he is the best for the role" then that should be that.
They minimize it when they just simplify him down to "oh the black lead".
I think SWs is important to Disney, consider this:
Hmmm, that seems like a pretty unwinnable situation. Any genuine attempt at diversity could be reflexively labelled as such I think.
I disagree. She's written just as well, or better, than Luke was in the OT. But being well-written isn't an issue of diversity. And Leia is not one of the main characters in these movies and frankly Carrie Fisher wasn't really in a good enough shape to be running around shooting people.
Again I'm not sure what any of that has to do with diversity. I suppose he needs to be a badass for it to count? But yes, part of his arc in the movie is him finding out what the galaxy is really like after a lifetime of indoctrination and learning that he actually does care about what the Rebellion is fighting for. Which Rose plays a big part of in her Canto Blight scenes.
Can't say I agree (about Luke) tbh. And no, I don't mean running around shooting people. You can be impactful in other ways.
Except that he already did that in TFA, for the most part. TLJ, to me, just retreads everything and doesn't really add anything new to the character other than "he needs to be lectured by Rose" I guess?
If I can shorten my point to make it easier to get across, here it is: Don't talk about how great it is (I mean, from Disney's POV) to have diverse characters played by diverse actors if you're not going to make them interesting, well-written, well-rounded characters. Finn is the only one that approached that, and I still feel like he was wasted in TLJ.
Grief can be a huge motivator.
I'd say she's more inoffensive, not more likeable, but again that's me. You obviously disagree, so that's cool.
She is the main hero of the film so that is pushing a female into the Luke Skywalker role. That's diversity but it has nothing to do with how badass she is. Luke also wasn't badass until the final film. Give Rey time to shine. She also won the first duel whereas Luke wasn't involved in any major duels until the second film. He clearly lost in ESB.
Like what? She's already the leader of the rebellion, what more do you want her to do? Especially when her very well-documented health problems make it so that I'm amazed they gave her as big of a role as they did here. Even this much was a gamble. Which seems to have unfortunately backfired on them with her death. Whatever role she would have had in Ep 9 can't happen now ad I'm sure that will cause some issues.
Not really. When they get to Starkiller he admits that he was pretty much bsing his way into the mission so he can get Rey and leave. He didn't really know how to shut it down. He wasn't part of the Rebellion, he only cared about Rey. Which is why at the start of TLJ he immediately tries to leave. His arc in the movie is him discovering something else to fight for besides Rey.
Those characters would have been exactly the same in those aspects if they were all white dudes. Its a pretty ridiculous way to measure the realness of diversity. Suggesting that you can only have real diversity if you personally like the characters is a silly and frankly kind of entitled way to look at it.