Thursday, 11 August 2016
Reboots for the wimmins
I don't know about you, but I groaned out loud yesterday at the news that yet another film is getting a reboot with an all-woman cast.
Don't get me wrong, I LOVED Ghostbusters, I drink the tears of the manbabies who cried that an all-female reboot was going to "ruin their childhood" (Newsflash, if a film can spoil your whole childhood, the chances are, your childhood wasn't that great to begin with) my issue with Ghostbusters is that they called it a remake, they should have called it Ghostbusters 3, referenced the original Ghostbusters, and got on with being kick-ass women who have discussions about things that, (Gasp) don't always include men!!!!!!!!!!!!
What annoys the hell out of me is that they are taking old, successful male-dominated movies, and just flipping out the cast for all women. I don't want to see remakes, I want to see ORIGINAL movies, where the female lead is more than just a fucktoy, where the woman doesn't just flail around helplessly and scream, where men and women rescue each other. A film which doesn't involve us having to RELATE A FEMALE CHARACTER TO AN ORIGINAL MALE CHARACTER in order to make it palatable to some.
I am meant to be pleased that there is an all-female cast of yet another movie aren't I? I am meant to praise the forward-thinking of studios that are putting money into movies and thanking them for thinking of me as they release these movies.
Well I can't. I cannot be happy that we are only being allowed to travel a well-trodden path that has been paved by men. You cannot tell me that there aren't books out there with fantastic female characters in them that can be translated to the big screen, I know there are, I've read them. Why do female-led movies have to be remakes of male-led movies AT ALL?
Currently, I feel as if we are being thrown a bone, and are expected to say thank you. I expect Buzzfeed are compiling ten listicles of 10 Movies We Want To See Remade With An All-Female Cast, as we speak, and I don't want ANY OF THEM.
I want ORIGINAL, clever, funny movies that make me want to spend my hard-earned money in the cinema, I refuse to blindly support remakes JUST BECAUSE they are female-led, in the same way I don't support films that are terrible.
Am I alone here? Is it too much to expect such a thing as original movies? Why must every female led film for the next 5 years be a remake? (because you know it will be, don't you?)
Let me know.
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