Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Star Trek: Into Darkness
I'm not a big Star Trek fan, but these last two movies are some fantastic pieces of cinema.
I'm tired of sexism in movies. I'm so tired that I'm going to complain about it a lot more often. Apparently it's too important to the world that Kirk is a philanderer to leave his objectification of women out.
A new woman joins the USS Enterprise. Her name is Carol. There's a scene where she HAS to change her clothes in front of Kirk. She asks him to turn away and we get a close-up of Kirk facing the other way. I thought, "How refreshing that she's not behind him, in our eye-sight, stripping." Then Kirk turns his head and we see her in all her underpant-selfness, and what was refreshing has turned into just more mud to add on to my huge pile of refuse.
Is any of this necessary? No. Would this be a better movie without it? Yes.
Write your congressman... or your 14-year-old Hollywood executive.