By castleking 16 Comments
Last night i watched Tomb Raider with Angelina Jolie and i started thinking of all her recent action roles along with other female celebrities like Milla Jovovich from Resident Evil movie series. Has the woman's role in movies changed from damsel in distress to the hero of the movie that the male is now the one in need of rescuing and men and women are both willing to see the movie and accept the premise?
I am curious if women action movies get the same turn out as guy action movies or more since i recently saw Sucker Punch and it was pretty good in a weird way which made lots of money but then i remembered how poorly the Wonder Woman pilot did and if it had anything to do with sexism against the females. Do people think its okay to see a female action hero in the big screen for an hour and a half then to see them regularly on TV, is it acceptance or simply tolerance?
Another thing i was thinking was are the female action stars being watched b/c the female hero is appealing or simply b/c the female hero happens to be extremely attractive and even in an action movie sex appeal is more important then script?
If we removed Sweet Pea from Sucker Punch and instead replaced her with a more moderate looking woman maybe slightly older and changed her outfit would people still enjoy the movie and be willing to go see it?
My thoughts led me to the next female action hero Laura Croft and if the same holds true to her, by the way her second movie sucked hard, it was horrible. Back to Laura Croft the main physical attributes of the character is her extremely large breast and short shorts that of course was made sure to be put in the movie and focus on her physical attributes. Now this is Hollywood so i guess it is expected but how important is it really for the overall success of the movie and do the male counterpart action movies worry as much with their action star's physical appeal or is it slightly less important since they know guys are going to watch it anyways just to see things get blown up and people dying?
I guess one of my big questions is are the female action hero movie focused more on getting the guy viewings by using attractive females or are they trying to get women viewers and worry about them more so then the male viewer, or is it a healthy mix of both, who are these movies made to attract?