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trailer break: ‘Amelia’

Take a break from work: watch a trailer…


I mentioned the fact that this trailer had debuted in my “The Week in Women” column on Friday, because it’s gonna be (I hope, pretty please) an important film about a woman who hasn’t gotten anywhere near the treatment in movies that she deserves, and probably would have gotten if she’d been a man. Amelia Earhart deserves to be more than a joke in a Night at the Museum movie, even if that means we get to see Amy Adams being adorably spunky. Plus, Hilary Swank rocks. Plus, the film is directed by Mira Nair, who also rocks.

So, you know, this is clearly a milestone for feminism and a harbinger of the better, more equitable world about to dawn before us, and a sign of ponies and cookies and rainbows for all women everywhere.

But you know what I secretly thought the first time I saw that trailer, and didn’t dare mention in a column devoted to women in film and Hollywood in which I’m constantly complaining about how there are never enough interesting women onscreen?

The first thing I thought was: There’s not enough Christopher Eccleston in this trailer. He’s playing Earhart’s copilot, Fred Noonan… but you’d barely guess that from this trailer. I demand more Eccleston in the next trailer.

What can I say? I’m just a girl who likes boys.

Amelia opens in the U.S. on October 23, and in the U.K. on November 13.



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