Star Wars: The Last Jedi has finally hit theaters, and all around we are obsessed with the actresses who portray the badass ladies in the film. Daisy Ridley (Rey), Laura Dern (Vice Admiral Holdo), Kelly Marie Tran (Rose Tico), and (of course) our forever hero Carrie Fisher (General Leia Organa) portray their characters with heart and authenticity -- which only makes us love them more.
But at every turn in The Last Jedi there's a dude f*cking up, refusing to listen, or mansplaining -- leaving these ladies to repeatedly take charge to get sh*t done.
**** FYI, there are obviously SPOILERS ahead. Proceed with caution if you are one of the 10 humans who has yet to see The Last Jedi. ****
Let's start with Rey.
Rey has the difficult task of convincing curmudgeon Luke to do the right thing and help the Resistance. When she arrives on the peaceful island where he's selfishly avoiding helping the downtrodden and oppressed, Luke locks himself in his room like a teenage boy hiding from his mother. Dad (aka Chewie) has to literally break the door down. He stomps off every time Rey tries to talk to him. She even sleeps outside his hut (IN THE FREEZING COLD RAIN BTW) until he *finally* agrees to at least listen to her. So much effort to go through just to get a powerful man to, you know, save lives.
Kelly Marie Tran might just be the most adorable human on Earth, but in The Last Jedi, Rose Tico takes none of your fake sh*t. Within minutes of meeting Finn, she tasers him (which, let's be honest, we've all wanted to do at some point) and calls him selfish (because he is). She doesn't hesitate to relinquish a sentimental item to help the Resistance, and later, when Finn tries to play hero, she literally knocks him on his ass to save his life.
Speaking of foolish men, enter: Poe "Flyboy" Dameron. Yes, we're side-eyeing him too, space-Laura Dern.
Vice Admiral Holdo is thrown into an impossible situation after Leia is hurt. She is in charge of the lives of the 400 remaining members of the Resistance, NBD. Of course, Poe shows support and empathy for his new leader by constantly questioning her decisions and mansplaining fuel reserves and battle strategies. Don't you know that she is the only one on this ship with better hair than you, bro? Despite Poe's incessant "well, actually" moments, Holdo keeps that grin on her face. Haven't we all been there, ladies?!
And last, but certainly not least, Leia Organa has proven over and over to give no f*cks when it comes to cocky men who think they know best. So when Poe makes mistake after mistake, Leia demotes him, slaps him, and eventually just renders him unconscious and silent, as God intended.
It's fun to see women on the big screen who continue to step up over and over again, proving just how strong they are. Now if we could just use some of the same tactics IRL.