BASIC REPRESENTATION SCORE: +25
FEMALE AGENCY/POWER/AUTHORITY SCORE: -5
THE MALE GAZE SCORE: 0
GENDER/SEXUALITY SCORE: -5
WILDCARD SCORE: 0
Is there anything either positive or negative in the film’s representation of women not already accounted for here? (points will vary)
TOTAL SCORE: +15
IS THE FILM’S DIRECTOR FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
BOTTOM LINE: While the protagonist may be female, she is defined primarily by her relationship to the children in her charge, and by her own past experience with pregnancy and motherhood; the ghostly villain is defined primarily by her own experience with motherhood. So, this isn’t as progressive a representation of women as it might be.
NOTE: This is not a “review” of The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death! 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 Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death.
See the full rating criteria. (Criteria that do not apply to this film have been deleted in this rating for maximum readability.)