This doesn't really count as a spoiler because it's been in all the trailers a some TV spots so I doubt this will ruin anything but to be safe, if you've yet to see The Force Awakens, you might want to skip this short post.
In the scene where Rey and Finn are thrown together on Jakku and forced to flee the First Order troops and TIE Fighters sent to seize BB-8, there is an explosion that knocks our heroes to the ground. Finn lays in the dust trying to gather his thoughts and looks up to see Rey, hand outstretched to help him. Finn first question is, "Are you alright?" to which Rey, all but rolling her eyes responds with, "yes!"
The beauty of this scene is in the delivery.
It's clear that Finn is desperate to become the man he knows he can be, courageous and compassionate, and in a attempt to realise this transformation he frames Rey as his damsel in distress, someone he can save. Rey doesn't share his appraisal of the situation.
Rey is clearly a capable, noble and proactive character. She is protecting BB-8 when she crosses paths with Finn. It's Rey who saves Finn from the Stormtroopers and Rey who evades capture by stealing the ship they use to escape. What's more, Rey is acutely aware of this asymmetry in their dynamic and her frustrated, "Yes!" is loaded with subtext. What she is really saying is, "I'm rescuing you, you fool!"
As I've been talking about this film with friends and family (or anyone who'll listen!), this is one of the moments that keeps coming up. Not just because it's safe to talk about, but because it demonstrates what J.J. Abrams' focus was in this movie: character. More than that it proves that our new lead, the wonderful Daisy Ridley, is a huge talent with an ability to imbue even a throwaway line with so much more than what's on the page, see also, "I've just bypassed the compressor!"
Miss. Ridley is an absolute revelation in The Force Awakens. There is so much going on with Rey, not just narratively, but deep inside the characters soul, and every bit of that is evident in Miss. Ridley's performance. Daisy Ridley is The Force Awakens' MVP.
Thank you for reading,