Does the film take place in a primarily all-male environment (ie, prison, historical military)? [why this matters]
FEMALE AGENCY/POWER/AUTHORITY SCORE:0
[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? Yes (Angelina Jolie) (does not impact scoring)
IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
BOTTOM LINE: Set almost entirely among a crew of WWII bombardiers and a prisoner-of-war camp, women are all but absent from this film. (Even the protagonist’s mother, in the brief scenes of his childhood, isn’t really a character in any true sense of the word.) And that’s okay. Calling for women to be better represented on film doesn’t mean there isn’t a place for stories that are all about men.
NOTE: This is not a “review” of Unbroken! 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 Unbroken.