BASIC REPRESENTATION SCORE: 0
FEMALE AGENCY/POWER/AUTHORITY SCORE: -15
THE MALE GAZE SCORE: 0
GENDER/SEXUALITY SCORE: -5
WILDCARD SCORE: -5
Is there anything either positive or negative in the film’s representation of women not already accounted for here? (points will vary)
Olivia Williams portrays the mother of Ben Barnes’ character… but she is only 13 years older than him. And he is supposed to be a seventh son! Maybe his older brothers have different mothers, but still, the age gap between the two is ridiculously small.
TOTAL SCORE: -25
IS THE FILM’S DIRECTOR FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
BOTTOM LINE: A film that begins with some apparent feints toward feminism, with its female villain with genuine power, quickly descends into a diatribe against women with a villain who is all about sexual jealousy and revenge against a man who wronged her romantically. Because what other reason could a woman possibly have to be angry?
NOTE: This is not a “review” of Seventh Son! 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 Seventh Son.
See the full rating criteria. (Criteria that do not apply to this film have been deleted in this rating for maximum readability.)