BASIC REPRESENTATION SCORE: -10
FEMALE AGENCY/POWER/AUTHORITY SCORE: +2
THE MALE GAZE SCORE: 0
GENDER/SEXUALITY SCORE: -5
WILDCARD SCORE: -2
Is there anything either positive or negative in the film’s representation of women not already accounted for here? (points will vary)
The woman whose role could easily have been played by a man? She’s one of a band of outlaws in the Old West, which I initially thought was pretty cool. But the only thing we see her do (in the one scene she appears in) is mother a pair of young orphans the gang picks up.
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: The only woman with any significant presence in this film is not a character: she’s a goal for the male protagonist, a physical proximity for him to achieve and a romantic object for him to possess. Her presence is more conceptual than actual, something a man thinks and talks about rather than having much to do with what she thinks or wants or does.
NOTE: This is not a “review” of Slow West! 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 Slow West.
See the full rating criteria. (Criteria that do not apply to this film have been deleted in this rating for maximum readability.)