That’s right I went to a kickass superhero movie, with a kickass female lead character, with my kickass daughter.
How was it?
Well, it was kickass of course!
I am of course a huge Marvel cinematic universe fan so this was a must see for me, but it was also an opportunity to watch a popcorn movie with my kid, which is always a blast.
What I did not know until the day before leaving to see this is that it also seems to have attracted a great deal of hate from certain males in the online community.
Courtesy of WaPo:
“Captain Marvel,” with its female superhero in the title role, doesn’t open until Friday, but a lot of people already know what they think about it and are happy to share. Detractors and defenders both have made anticipating the movie’s release an unpleasant experience. One side calls the movie’s star, Brie Larson, “man-hating” and “sexist,” and the other attacks those who may not want to see the movie and dismisses the mixed reviews of female critics. There’s a push by “Captain Marvel” fans to support it as a way to lift women in film and combat trolls. On IMDB, the film’s user rating shows the two sides fighting it out with votes of 10’s and 1’s, and very few scores in between.
A small but rowdy bunch of mostly male comic-book fans spawned this latest case of toxic fan culture. Using Gamergate-style harassment techniques they honed with coordinated attacks on fans and stars of diversifying franchises like “Ghostbusters” and “Star Wars,” they turned their attention to “Captain Marvel,” voting it down or leaving negative comments on platforms like Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB. In a new twist, some detractors, including the actor James Woods, have even pitted the Marvel hero against “Alita: Battle Angel,” which doesn’t make much sense at all unless they want one action movie with a female protagonist to quash another at the box office. In response to the latest attacks, Rotten Tomatoes announced that it would disable the comments and audience scores of movies that haven’t been released yet.
Now part of this might be blamed on the fact that last year the star, Brie Larson, said this:
At the awards ceremony, Larson dedicated her acceptance speech for the Crystal Award for Excellence in Film to breaking down the findings of the Annenberg study, saying criticism should be more reflective of the wider film audience. “Am I saying that I hate white dudes? No, I’m not,” she said, per Deadline. “What I am saying is if you make a movie that is a love letter to a woman of color, there is an insanely low chance that a woman of color will have a chance to see your movie and review your movie.”
She continued. “It really sucks that reviews matter, but reviews matter,” she said. “We are expanding to make films that reflect the people who buy movie tickets . . . I do not need a 40-year-old white dude to tell me what didn’t work for him about A Wrinkle in Time. It wasn’t made for him.”
She makes a valid point.
However, I would also like to point out that this statement cannot be blamed for all of the negativity directed at this movie since there were some similar attacks against other movies with strong female characters like Tomb Raider and 2017’s Wonder Woman.
So if you want to see a movie with a strong, and I mean STRONG, female lead character then you will probably want to see this.
If you want to see a movie that pisses off misogynists, then you DEFINITELY want to see this.