The Search for Women Villains
I came to this to have something to watch with my 9 and 10 year olds, and for that it was a rousing success. As I’m not familiar with the source material, I can judge it purely on the films and stunts that came before. It seems to register well amidst those. There are two air scenes and I thought the effects and editing were good enough.
The story in these things is rarely any good. We expect a few twists; they’re there, but not whiplash worthy.
The thing that fascinates is the evolution of these things. The stunts have evolved to need three dimensions. That’s a must we didn’t have a decade ago. Bond’s stuff from that era is too tame to watch. The puzzles evolve, the cosmologies become more complex. Along with all else cinematically and narratively, we have experiments with female villains.
On this score, I am both amazed and embarrassed. We have not one but two racial stereotypes at work here. We might even say they are contrasted: one using sex, the other thuggery, both in traditional cinematic traditions.
Neither worked for me. I’m not sure what would have, because the background of stereotypes is so constrained. Both women were made up and dressed in a manner that I hope we will be embarrassed by in only a couple years.
Posted in 2022
Ted’s Evaluation — 2 of 3: Has some interesting elements.