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: Women are not people here (when they are here at all). They are cheerleaders for bad boys (if those bad boys are their sons), nagging scolds of bad boys (if those bad boys are their husbands), or inconvenient hookers (who just can’t keep their damn slut traps shut). You’d be forgiven for thinking that Boston between the mid 1970s and the mid 1990s was almost a lady-free zone.
NOTE: This is not a “review” of Black Mass! 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 Black Mass.