In recent years we have been getting more films that centres around a predominantly female cast and to be honest I’m pretty here for it. Now we’ve all seen the countless comments about why films shouldn’t be solely focused on women because it is sexist against men, or they won’t make enough money, or simply won’t be good… believe me, I’ve eye rolled enough times at these comments I’m surprised my eyes haven’t fallen out my head.
In spite of the misogynistic comments that come with these movies, there have a been a good amount of films that feature all-female casts that are wildly successful and will hopefully pave the way for many more in the future.
I’ll first start off with the 2016 ‘Ghostbusters’ remake starring Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Kristen Wiig. I’ve started with this one as it’s a movie that I personally enjoyed a lot however, it was one of the more notable women-centered movies that brought about a lot of “interesting” comments from mainly men who refused to accept that a cult favourite would now be fronted by women. For many months there were comments about these prolific actors’ inability to uphold the standard of the original movie, to simple to threatening their lives.
Despite many attempts to boycott the movie, it managed to do relatively well at the box office, and I’m not surprised I thought the movie was superb and enjoyable. For me I’ve always enjoyed these actors in their own right, and for them to be brought together worked so well. *spoiler* I don’t think I’ll ever get over Leslie Jones slapping Melissa McCarthy in an attempt to force the ghost out of her body.
I don’t think I can write about an all-female cast without mentioning ‘Sex and the City’. I will only mention this ever so briefly as I’ve only seen the movies and not the TV show, personal choice – I’ll get round to it at some point. It is a testament to how well a show can do when fronted by only women when the show lasted 6 series over 6 years and then inspired two movies.
After watching both movies I was amazed to see a show that presents four very different women that, despite all wanting to find a man, have their own ambitions and achievements that they manage to make their own. My personal favourite has to be Samantha Jones, never have I seen a woman portrayed with a high sexual presence in such a way that it makes sense for the character rather than for the entertainment of a man.
Finally, there is the recent Netflix sci-fi thriller “Annihilation”. Starring Natalie Portman and Gina Rodriguez, this intense adaptation features a number of female scientists going on an expedition to discover the presence of the mysterious ‘shimmer’. Never have I watched a movie that has both scared me while keeping me hooked.
I would highly recommend this movie for its amazing ability to develop these well-rounded female characters while maintaining an intense and fascinating storyline. To be honest a small paragraph isn’t enough for this film so I’ll have to continue this in its own post.
To finish all I have to say is… bring on more all-female casts, heck as long as they interesting characters with an interesting plot why these shouldn’t be created? Ignore all the misogynistic comments that come with the promotions, these movies have been proven to do well.