I just walked out of the theater 30min ago.
I liked it! If I hadn't known that it was being hailed a "feminist" film, it wouldn't have occurred to me to think it such. I just would have been pleased to see so many female actors on screen in an action flick, especially doing the action, and accounted it progress.
I take even more exception to Anita's comments now, because the very issue she condemns it on – glorification of violence – is explicitly
addressed in the film, by two women, in dialog ("I thought you were above all this") and implicitly elsewhere in it. I'm okay with criticizing that argument as a cop-out (it kinda was), but not acknowledging that the feminist argument against violence is present in the film
That said, I agree with her tweet:
"We are not things” is a great line, but doesn’t work when the plot and ESPECIALLY the camera treats them like things from start to finish.
Yeah, there's a lot of visual objectification of the brides' bodies. There was also plot objectification; I'm more okay with that because think it was to a relevant point.
There could have been more feminist subversion of female-subjection tropes, but I like what it did deliver. Unlike Anita, I feel that women[*] getting to "participate as equal partners in a cinematic orgy of male violence" is a big fucking deal
, and I appreciate it immensely.
Aaaaaaand it reminded me of the first MM film I saw, Road Warrior, and the unnamed woman warrior in the white armor, who made a big impression on me as a kid, I tell you what.
[* ETA: and middle age and older women
getting to participate as capable combatants! BOOYAH!
Am now all bummed my ophthalmologist said I am at elevated risk for retinal detachments and not to do combat sports. :( My adrenal system is all like LET'S GO FUCK SOME SHIT UP, and my neocortex is like, "We are a slightly over-weight rather out-of-shape middle aged woman with knee issues and impaired ability to operate kitchen knives; also it is 11 pm. We are going to have a nice cup of chamomile tea now, and maybe shortly go to bed."]Edited at 2015-05-30 03:00 am (UTC)