BASIC REPRESENTATION SCORE: +10
FEMALE AGENCY/POWER/AUTHORITY SCORE: +10
THE MALE GAZE SCORE: 0
GENDER/SEXUALITY SCORE: -10
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: +10
IS THE FILM’S DIRECTOR FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
BOTTOM LINE: With a female villain and more than one woman who goes on a personal journey of discover about herself, even the traditional representations (as wives and mothers) of women are more fully fleshed out than movies have trained us to expect of late.
NOTE: This is not a “review” of Into the Woods! 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.) My review of Into the Woods is coming soon.
See the full rating criteria. (Criteria that do not apply to this film have been deleted in this rating for maximum readability.)