The Female-Empowering Movies All Feminists Need to See This Year!
It’s a well-known fact that Hermio… sorry, Emma Watson was originally offered the role of Cinderella for 2015’s live-action remake. She turned it down on the basis that Cinders wasn’t the kind of role model she wanted to portray (we’ve all seen the meme; new shoes can change your life, and all that @$%*!). Just as well really, as it meant she got to play Beauty and the Beast’s Belle – ‘a curious, compassionate and open-minded’ individual with a ‘completely independent point of view’ – and she’s 100% nailed it… auto-tune, or not.
But the smart-yet-beautiful Belle really is just the start of pro-femme things to come. In a move that might finally mean Hollywood’s woken up and smelt the house-husband brewed coffee, female empowering icons are taking over your screens this year. Here’s a few of our faves…
Ghost in the Shell
Hitting cinemas this week, Hollywood’s remake of the Japanese manga comic, Ghost in the Shell, was originally received with criticism. Focussing on a cybernetic human of Asian appearance, some accused the film makers of ‘white-washing’ for having cast Scarlett Johansson as the lead. However, fans in Japan have since criticised this criticism (bare with us!), claiming the protagonist’s physical appearance isn’t as important as some of the other issues being addressed. As Johansson herself has said, ‘having a franchise with a female protagonist driving it is such a rare opportunity’, and we totally agree! Expect much in the way of super-sleek, cyber-punk-glazed ass-kicking!
Cancel your spin class. Unsubscribe from Tinder. Text everyone you know about your totally impromptu and possibly white lie of an emigration to South America. Cos there’s a new Netflix show landing this April, and you’re not gonna’ want to do anything else til you’ve watched it start-to-finish… twice over, at least.
Girlboss is based on Sophia Amoruso’s autobiography of the same name, and charts her meteoric rise from online eBay seller, to founder of global fashion brand, Nasty Gal. At 32, she’s now considered one of the richest self-made women in the world, but as you can imagine, being the female CEO of a multi-billion dollar company in your mid-twenties was never going to be easy.
While a young girl battling to be taken seriously as a professional in a male dominated world will no doubt resonate with many of you (hands up… whoaaah!), that’s not to say we don’t also want to watch a desaturated, CGI-dripping superhero blockbuster, too. But if you’re as fed up as the next girl with a man saving the day (again, and again, AND AGAIN), good news; a change is on the horizon. Is it a bird? Well yes, actually. And her name is Wonder Woman.
Despite attracting some bad press among feminists last week (apparently Wonder Woman shouldn’t shave her armpits #NoComment), the fact remains; it’s one of too-few female-fronted big budget movies. So assuming they don’t mess this one up (the less said about Halle Berry’s Catwomen, the better…. meow!) it’s scarily possible that things are heading in the right, albeit smooth-skinned direction.
The Battle of the Sexes
In 1973, retired tennis champ, Bobby Riggs, claimed that female tennis players were inferior to males, and that he, even at the age of 55, could beat any woman at the sport. Enter, Billy Jean King, a tennis pro-turned-feminist, who later said “I thought it would set us back 50 years if I didn’t win that match… it would ruin the women’s tour and affect all women’s self-esteem.”
Starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell, an upcoming comedy-drama called Battle of the Sexes will depict the history-making clash, but as no images or trailers have yet been released, little else is known. Does King win? You’ll just have to wait and see… or wikipedia it and act all educated-like when you see it with the squad.
From 20th Century Women to Star Wars, there’s plenty more female-empowering films hitting the silver screen over summer. So if you’re already feeling pumped, then get on over to our female activist guide, listing the best ways to get your voice heard this year!
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