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part of a small rebellion | by maryann johanson

dreaming of a female-gazey Han Solo movie…


…maybe one directed by a woman who understands why we love this scoundrel.

I tweeted this and it got a lot of love. This tells me that I’m not the only geek girl a little cheesed off that the fan service we get in Solo is not the fan service I wanted.

The more I think about this, the more I wonder whether my complaint in my review that Alden Ehrenreich is bland — cute, but bland — isn’t the actor’s fault but because Ron Howard barely lets the camera linger on him long enough for him to show any personality.

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  • Bluejay

    MaryAnn, does Han REALLY hold up as swoon-worthy today? If his courtship of Leia were written today, he’d be rightly viewed as an entitled male and a predatory creep.


    Unless it’s just the thigh-holster thing, of course. :-)

    I’d hope a Han Solo movie written/directed by a woman today would at least put Han in a scenario where he gets called out on his misogynistic bullshit.

  • Tonio Kruger

    If only we knew someone who liked writing science fiction fanfic…

  • Jurgan

    Yeah, Harrison Ford had a ton of these predatory roles:


  • Bluejay

    Yeah, that video is highly worth watching. Its points about male entitlement and women’s consent have been made many times, but we sometimes forget to apply them to the movie heroes we’ve admired unquestioningly for decades. (And the last clip is yet another reason why Frozen rocks.)

    In contrast, I just recently saw Gifted (great film for so many reasons) which has a lovely romance scene between Chris Evans and Jenny Slate. At no point does the scene read as Evans forcing Slate to yield to him; he’s constantly reading HER cues and going with what SHE wants, even when she changes her mind.


  • So many things are problematic when we look back at them from the perch of today.

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