Monday, June 03, 2013

Franchise Ladies

I've been having a Twitter conversation today with my friend Sarah about Star Trek Into Darkness and specifically the issue of sexism in the film. Sarah is among those upset about the infamous and superfluous "Alice Eve in her underwear" scene, and she sent me this link that argues that another big summer franchise picture does a better job of giving its female characters something to do. I may have to see for myself.
Now let’s contrast that to Fast & Furious 6. If Star Trek Into Darkness offers a tiny slice of cheesecake, Fast & Furious 6 offers up a big fat wedge, garnished with raspberry sauce and chocolate shavings. But it also has far more female characters than Star Trek Into Darkness does. More importantly, far more of them are doing things other than being pretty. Gisele (Gal Gadot), Riley (Gina Carano), and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) are all gorgeous actresses, and they’re in costumes that show off their curves. However, these women manage to look that good while also racing expensive cars, shooting at baddies, and engaging in hand-to-hand combat — you know, playing central roles in the actual plot of the movie.

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