Does a man police or attempt to police a woman’s sexual agency? [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)
Why not a female superhero? The movie states directly that it would make much more sense for a particular female character to wear the Ant-Man suit and engage in the heroics required… and then invents Reasons why she can’t, and why she must train a man to do the job she is already capable of doing instead.
IS THE FILM’S DIRECTOR FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
BOTTOM LINE: This movie runs right up to the notion that a woman could just as plausibly play the central heroic role but then backs off from it to engage in male-centered business as usual, even when the movie desperately needs something to distinguish it from many similar films. And boo for reducing the amazing Judy Greer, for the second time this summer, to a weeping frantic mom stereotype.
NOTE: This is not a “review” of Ant-Man! 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 Ant-Man.