movies matter | criticism by maryann johanson
Wed Feb 05 2014, 10:57am | 10 comments
Girl protagonist. Woman villain. Now we’re getting somewhere.
I just hope this premise — about dividing people into different groups based on their personality traits — actually works. It seems a little iffy. Maybe I’ll read the book…
So the movie is a critique of the Sorting Hat process at Hogwarts? Could be interesting.
Does it pass a RBT? After watching, I don’t think I’d care enough to see the movie to find out, even for free.
i’ve been trying to think of other movies with a similar sort of good woman/bad woman sort of thing, and the only one i can come up with is “Black Widow” years ago with deborah winger… and that had a really interesting, complex cat and mouse plot.
The book is good. I’m cautiously psyched about the movie. The one thing that bums me out is that the main character is supposed to be not particularly attractive. I suppose an ungorgeous female protagonist is too much to hope for.
But Shailene Woodley is an amazing actor … I guess I can’t be too annoyed that she got the role.
From the trailer it looks as though it’s trying to hit the Hunger Games buttons: incompetently and irrationally oppressive dictatorship, heroine cut off from friends and family, cute boy for heroine to fall in love with. But we’ll see, I guess: the film is usually less generic than the trailer.
Not Carrie? :(
I’m not sure I understand the question. There have been quite a few good-women-versus-bad-woman plots over the years, including Single White Female, The Hand that Rocks the Cradle, and, possibly, Nurse 3D when it comes out tomorrow. Is that the sort of movie you had in mind, or were you looking for something more overtly feminist?
it wasn’t a question. i was trying to think of women morality dominated movies and could only think of “Black Widow”… i didn’t see any of the other movies you mentioned, and have no intention of seeing “Nurse 3D”… so there you are.
Eh. The movie is probably less disappointing if you haven’t read the book.
Oh dear. I have read the book.
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