Is there a female character with significant screen time who grows, changes, and/or learns something over the course of the story? (for an ensemble cast, or a film with a male protagonist) [why this matters]
[no significant representation of women in authority]
THE MALE GAZE SCORE:0
Is there anything either positive or negative in the film’s representation of women not already accounted for here? (points will vary)
IS THE FILM’S DIRECTOR FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
BOTTOM LINE: While it’s mostly focused on dudes, this historical drama explicitly comments on the issues and concerns of a woman doing a job traditionally seen as the exclusive domain of men (mathematics), many of which are still applicable today, 70 years later.
NOTE: This is not a “review” of The Imitation Game! It is simply an examination of how well or how poorly it represents women. (A movie that represents women well can still be a terrible film; a movie that represents women poorly can still be a great film.) Read my review of The Imitation Game.