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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The Cloning of Star Wars Heroines. Part 1.

Long ago, in a galaxy far away, and young actress named Keira Knightley played a Kabuki doll version of a Kabuki doll version of a Princess in Star Wars. Now we have another Keira Knightley look alike in Daisy Ridley, the latest Star Wars heroine.

Come on, guys, really? There were times, when Ridley actually got a chance to smile, her face flattened into a virtual Ms. Knightley's Viking cat-face. 

For a long time, the heroes of Star Wars Films were equally identical, even to the chin cleft:
And yes, I know, it's supposed to be Daddy/Big Boy, so they should look alike. 
But finally, now, we get a hero who looks like his own self, not a cardboard cutout of the rest of them.  (Yes, I know we and Billy DeWilliams, but he was a side kick, not a hero. 
In this iteration of the film franchise, we have finally been allowed some variety.

But even when you throw in Princess Leia, there is a definite pattern. (And, no I don't define casting someone not remotely Jewish as a change in the pattern.) Don't even get me started on Disney Princesses and the Short Nose Thing. 
Please, next time, Mr. Lucas, give us a break. Cast the luminous and brilliant Lupita Nyong'o as a young heroine rather than a 1000 year old seer. 
Oh, well, maybe next time.

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