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I Want More Women in Movies: Summer Sci Fi Edition

I Want More Women in Movies: Summer Sci Fi Edition
  • On May 2, 2014

Is it just boring now, complaining about the lack of women in movies? Because I feel like I keep saying it but they keep making movies staring white men. I’m so irritated by the lack of representation, and this becomes tripled when the big budget sci fi summer epics show up. I want a movie full of women, damn it. I want lady superheroes. I want women doing things that aren’t based on what men are doing. I want us to make more movies with female heroes like Alien and The Hunger Games and I want more women on the screen and not just the bad ass ones, but all of them. Where are the damn ladies?! Does Hollywood think that one movie a year is enough? It’s not. Not even close.

Let’s look at what mediocre good news we have, though: Lucy

This looks like the coolest choice coming this summer, although I’m pretty sure this is the Black Widow movie I wish we could have. I like ScarJo, I like bad assery, I like magic brain shit, I like Morgan Freeman, I like director Luc Besson’s other work (The Fifth Element, for one). I’m not bothered by the whole “kick ass woman” trope, because it’s better than nothing at all. I wish we had all kinds of women in movies. I wish there were women in THIS movie besides ScarJo. But guys–the trailer passes Bechdel, even if only for a fleeting moment. I’ll take it.

Another cool one coming up is Maleficent:

This is in no way an excuse to put a video of this song here but damn, right? I am pretty excited for this movie. Maleficent is so evil in the original movie. Her motives are the least known, it seems, of all the Disney villains and I believe that makes her the most frightening (sort of like Umbrige in Harry Potter being the scariest of villains because she’s so deeply evil for no good reason). This movie also looks to pass Bechdel, with both Jolie and Fanning in the lead roles. Also, I can’t deny a bit of glee when I see her taking down whole armies full of men in the previews. My rage at the Hollywood sausage fest may be growing exponentially at this point. I’m even encouraged just to see the list of actors on the IMDB page–there are so many women in named roles it’s almost shocking.

Less exciting but still passable is Jupiter Ascending:

A Wachowski movie is sure to be full of explosions and also dramatic music, weird costuming and cool sci fi plots (er… that kinda go nowhere but anyway). I like that there is a female lead but in watching the preview she seems to be more of a damsel in distress than any kind of actor in her own story. I can’t tell much from the movie’s preview about the plot or how much of a role Mila Kunis gets in her own rescue and ascension to Queen of Aliens or something. I mean, I won’t deny this movie looks cool–dragons, Channing Tatum, space ships, toilet plunging–this one’s got all the things! I just wish there were more women in it and that the woman in it seemed more than just a prop to pass around between angry, yelling men.

So, three movies with ladies leading the charge–not too bad, right? Let me just make a not-comprehensive list of the other sci fi movies coming out this summer:

Transcendence (saw this. Spoiler alert: it was not good), The Amazing Spiderman 2, Godzilla, X-Men: Days of Future Past (there are at least cool ladies IN this movie if not in big roles), The Signal, The Maze Runner, Transformers 4: Age of Extinction, Earth to Echo, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Guardians of the Galaxy, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Just sayin’.

 (image credit: promotional material from the movie Lucy, believed to be owned by Universal Pictures, a division of NBC Universal)

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  1. Melissa

    I agree that Kunis does look like a bit of a damsel in distress in Jupiter Ascending. Lucy is definitely one film I’m looking forward to.

    We definitely need more women in interesting roles in our sci-fi/fantasy flicks. Divergent was another YA dystopian movie similar to the Hunger Games. I liked it for the cool training/initiation montage that the character Triss had to go through.

    • I liked Divergent, as long as you suspend disbelief on a few glaring plot holes it is a pretty fun movie. Then again, I think that can be said about most movies lol!

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