Is there a woman who is raped (either onscreen or off) whose rape motivates a male protagonist? [why this matters]
THE MALE GAZE SCORE:0
Is there anything either positive or negative in the film’s representation of women not already accounted for here? (points will vary)
Similar to the “dead mother” issue [why this is a problem], here we have the dead wife of the male protagonist, who is almost a manic pixie dead spouse is how her memory — which manifests in his dreams and visions — motivates him to survive his physical and psychological ordeal.
IS THE FILM’S DIRECTOR FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
BOTTOM LINE: Apart from motivating visions of the male protagonist’s dead wife and a kidnapped and raped woman for him to rescue, women are entirely absent from this film.
NOTE: This is not a “review” of The Revenant! 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 Revenant.