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such a nasty woman | by maryann johanson

Where Are the Women? The Last Witch Hunter


The only significant female character is nothing but a helpmeet and romantic reward for the male protagonist.


Could the protagonist have been female without significantly impacting the film as a whole? (for a film with a male protagonist) [why this matters]

Is there a woman who is mostly pretty awesome and perfect who is present to support a man improving himself? [why this matters]


Is there a female character with insignificant screen time in a position of authority? [why this matters]

Is there a female villain or antagonist? [why this matters]

Is there a woman whose role could easily have been played by a man? [why this matters]
More than one? [why this matters]

Is there a woman who dies (either onscreen or off) whose death motivates a male protagonist? [why this matters]
Is there more than one woman who is kidnapped and/or raped and/or killed in order to motivate a male protagonist? [why this matters]


Is a woman or women used as decorative objects/set dressing? [why this matters]


[no issues]


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: The female witch villain isn’t particularly negatively gendered, so that’s good, but she’s a smallish presence next to the only significant female character, who is nothing but a helpmeet and romantic reward for the male protagonist, even though she’s got major witchy powers in her own right. And a lot of women have to suffer and die in order to provide motivation to the male protagonist.

Click here for the ongoing ranking of 2015’s films for female representation.

NOTE: This is not a “review” of The Last Witch Hunter! 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 Last Witch Hunter.

See the full rating criteria. (Criteria that do not apply to this film have been deleted in this rating for maximum readability.)

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