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: Adventure is for boys. What’s for girls (and women)? They get to inspire a boy on his adventure with their goodness, their badness, their need to be protected, their need to be rescued. Even if the girls are powerful and magical! Poor girls.
NOTE: This is not a “review” of Song of the Sea! 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.) Check out my rating of Song of the Sea.