Sometimes it’s not the people’s fault if they don’t like your product. Sometimes it’s just your product. So it was for the Charlie’s Angels movie. The 2019 film, not to be confused with the 2000 picture starring Lucy Liu, Drew Barrymore, and Cameron Diaz, with a great song from Destiny’s Child, which actually did very well at the box office. No, I’m talking about the “reboot” of the movie based on the television show. Director Elizabeth Banks, rather than taking responsibility for helming a stinker, is instead blaming… you guessed, it, MEN. Isn’t she just chock-full of original ideas.
Prior to the movie’s disastrous opening weekend, Banks gave an interview to the Herald Sun that is now proving to be somewhat controversial. The filmmaker, who also wrote and produced “Charlie’s Angels” and stars in the movie as Bosley, called out a potential box office bomb as being sexist. “Look, people have to buy tickets to this movie, too. This movie has to make money,” she said. “If this movie doesn’t make money it reinforces a stereotype in Hollywood that men don’t go see women do action movies.”
So this was a pre-emptive blaming. She likely knew this film stunk like a men’s room after an all-night frat party, and decided to just bash the blokes for her box office bomb beforehand. Before you do what I did and run through a catalog of blockbuster films in which women stared, don’t. Because Elizabeth Banks has a built-in excuse for your “But Wonder Woman, though” explanations.
“They’ll go and see a comic book movie with Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel because that’s a male genre,” Banks told the Sun. “So even though those are movies about women, they put them in the context of feeding the larger comic book world, so it’s all about, yes, you’re watching a Wonder Woman movie but we’re setting up three other characters or we’re setting up ‘Justice League.’”
Okay, I’ll bite.
Yes, I agree much of the comic book movie genre is setting up for another movie to set up another movie to set up another movie can we please get off this ride I want to throw up. While I didn’t see Captain Marvel I did see Wonder Woman. The latter could’ve stood all on its own. It didn’t require you see Batman v. Superman nor did you need to watch Justice League after. If you haven’t seen Justice League, maybe just keep it that way. You’re welcome.
But here’s something, what about the Alien franchise? Pardon me, but these bitchy complaints from ladies in Hollywood aren’t just bashing men, they’re negating the commercial successes of actresses like Sigourney Weaver. She was doing a fine job holding down an action hero franchise before social media justice keyboard slammers could blame men for all their problems. Think about that for a second. As you’re considering it, consider the filmography of Angelina Jolie. Since we’re playing this game, remember Jodie Foster? Of course, you do. Hey, remember Sandra Bullock in Gravity?
Do you remember any of those women complaining about sexist men not buying tickets to their films?
But let’s get back to Banks.
“By the way, I’m happy for those characters to have box office success,” Banks adds, “but we need more women’s voices supported with money because that’s the power. The power is in the money.”
Sure it is, and I agree. But as I pointed out above, people have no problem shelling out money for good films. Sometimes those films don’t even need to be critically good as much as they need to be entertaining. Maybe, just maybe, the reason Charlie’s Angels flopped wasn’t that American men are a bunch of sexist pigs who can’t stand to hand the control over to ladies. Maybe the movie sucks.
As for the notion maybe people didn’t want to see another Charlie’s Angels movie, Banks excused the litany of Spiderman movies, and how quickly guys are to see them. So see, you men should just go sit in a corner and think about how your penis makes you not buy things.
“You’ve had 37 Spider-Man movies and you’re not complaining!” Banks said. “I think women are allowed to have one or two action franchises every 17 years — I feel totally fine with that.”
Twitter was great here and provided a recent franchise led by a woman: The Hunger Games. Also staring… drum roll please… Elizabeth Banks.
Kind of provides for another awkward acknowledgment. Love her or hate her, Jennifer Lawerence is an A-list star. If men are sexist pigs, explain that one. While your explaining that, explain the box office successes of Kathryn Bigelow’s films.
By the way, when I went to look up some movies referenced in this post on IMDB.com, there was a feature about actress Evan Rachel Wood. Who’s the star of Westworld. So there’s that.
Also, I do complain there are too many Spiderman movies. I’m over it, but I’m also generally over the superhero genre. Maybe it’s because I’m old. Maybe it’s because I’m a woman. Or maybe it’s because there are just too many of them and they’re no longer special to me, I just want to see good movies I don’t care how colorful, flashy, special effecty, or the number of zippy one-liners within.
Mostly I’m just tired of feminists blaming their lackluster abilities on men. You want equality, ladies? Start owning your shit and stop playing the victim every time something doesn’t go your way. Read also Dear Whiny Actresses Crying “Sexism” Over Bad Reviews: SHUT UP! and Dear Hollywood: Enough with the Lazy Remakes.
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Author: Courtney Kirchoff