Vox Writer Claims There's Not Enough Social Justice in 'Solo'
I'm not going to spoil the plot of Solo for you, but let's just say it has its share of problems. Mainly Disney thinking anyone other than Harrison Ford could pull off the role of our favorite scruffy-looking nerf-herder. The lefties over Vox see a different problem with the motion picture. Too little of the social justice droid:
This film gives us a new droid, L3-37, enthusiastically voiced by Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
Asked what she wants, she shoots back, “Equal rights.” We see her free other droids from destructive tasks and remove their restraining bolts. What’s more, she manages to incite a local rebellion among droids within a few seconds simply by urging them to rise up.
Here’s the problem: This is done as comic relief.
Yeah, the problem isn't the lack of social justice droidery. The problem is the presence of a social justice droid in the first place. Once upon a time, C-3PO was the most annoying bucket of bolts in the galaxy far far away. Alas, he now has to relinquish his tiara.
A droid uprising is a great science fiction topic and could actually be the basis for the entire film. (And it doesn’t have to result in murder-bots à la Terminator or Ultron.) Instead, it’s just treated as a silly side plot.
The movie is called Solo. As in Han Solo. Captain of the Millennium Falcon. He shoots first. Makes the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs. Try telling him you love him, he already knows. Yet, here's the left trying to relegate him to a minor character in his movie.
Indeed, the way Solo handles the droid question is problematic for the rest of the franchise. Given how easy it was for L3 to incite an uprising, that is, how has this not occurred before?
We've been over this before. Star Wars is an action/adventure saga in space, not a hard-hitting political study. Everybody is related to one another in some way. Somebody's going to lose a hand to a laser sword. This is what people pay to see, not household appliances leading a social justice revolt against their owners.
While we're on the subject: