[no significant representation of women in authority]
THE MALE GAZE SCORE:0
Is there a female character who is primarily defined by her emotional or biological relationship with a child or children*? (*in this case, an adult child) [why this matters]
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: One of the most astonishing musical artists of the 21st century happened to be a woman… or maybe it wasn’t happenstance. Maybe her genius and her tragedy sprung in part from pain she experienced uniquely as a woman, thwarted romance and abandonment and neediness and vulnerability that is distinct from how men experience similar pain. Or maybe not! This film leaves lots of room for interpreting Winehouse’s life in myriad ways that embrace her full humanity.
NOTE: This is not a “review” of Amy! 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 Amy.