BASIC REPRESENTATION SCORE: -20
FEMALE AGENCY/POWER/AUTHORITY SCORE: 0
THE MALE GAZE SCORE: -5
GENDER/SEXUALITY SCORE: 0
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: -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: The female witch villain isn’t particularly negatively gendered, so that’s good, but she’s a smallish presence next to the only significant female character, who is nothing but a helpmeet and romantic reward for the male protagonist, even though she’s got major witchy powers in her own right. And a lot of women have to suffer and die in order to provide motivation to the male protagonist.
NOTE: This is not a “review” of The Last Witch Hunter! 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 Last Witch Hunter.
See the full rating criteria. (Criteria that do not apply to this film have been deleted in this rating for maximum readability.)
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