Github user rednaxelafx commented on the issue:
    @hvanhovell @kiszk Yes, the old school JDK reflection does perform bytecode 
generation to speed it up, since the JDK1.4 era. But the advantage of fully 
optimized `MethodHandle` versus reflection `Method.invoke` is that the former 
performs privilege checks at `MethodHandle` creation time, whereas the latter 
is required to perform privilege checks at every invocation (and that's not 
covered by the generated bytecode). So theoretically the `MethodHandle` version 
can be faster.
    But note that even in OpenJDK8, the HotSpot VM is still exploring ways to 
optimize `MethodHandle` performance, and it's somewhat picky about the shape of 
the `MethodHandle`s, so it's not like we will always get better performance 
just by sticking it in place of reflection. It'll need some tuning / 
trial-and-error. We don't have to get it right in the first cut.


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