BASIC REPRESENTATION SCORE: 0
[no significant representation of girls/women]
FEMALE AGENCY/POWER/AUTHORITY SCORE: +1
THE MALE GAZE SCORE: 0
GENDER/SEXUALITY SCORE: -13
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: -12
IS THE FILM’S DIRECTOR FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? Yes, two of four credited (Fran Walsh and
Philippa Boyens) (does not impact scoring)
BOTTOM LINE: Peter Jackson would have been better off, if he was worried about how women are represented on film, just leaving his Hobbit female-free. It doesn’t help things when — apart from a minimal appearance by Galadriel in her position of authority as an elven ruler and wielder of magical power — all his invented women (Tauriel and Bard’s daughters) exist in the story only to be rescued by a boy or a man, torn romantically between two men, or, in Tauriel’s case, both. These aren’t the sort of favors women need from filmmakers.
NOTE: This is not a “review” of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies! 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 Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.
See the full rating criteria. (Criteria that do not apply to this film have been deleted in this rating for maximum readability.)