The Problem With Feminized Movie Remakes

The Only Thing Worse Than Movie Remakes Are Feminized Movie Remakes

Sometimes I wonder if originality has truly died in Hollywood.

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I'm sure all of us have at least one classic movie that we hold near and dear to our hearts. They exist as a gem of time and society or as a shining example of undeniable genius. Seeing the screenwriter and the director's vision come to life can honestly be a magical experience. It's for these reasons that I despise movie remakes. Remakes are little more than lazily crafted, wholly unnecessary cash-grabs that RARELY offer a new perspective on a classic. Feminized remakes, more than any other kind, commit these cinema sins.

Feminized remakes are titles like "Ghostbusters (2016)" and debatably "Ocean's 8." Not only do these films fail to offer any continuation or nuance to their father films, but they also fail to highlight the female perspective in either movie.

I think the only way you could make a remake like this worth-while and commendable would be to show the audience how the change of sex would've impacted the original story. It might be controversial to say, but men and women are cut from a different cloth. Each sex focuses and connect with various social cues and interpret different situations and words differently. Just imagine how deep "Ghostbusters (2016)" could've resonated with female viewers had Kristen Wiig's character Erin Gilbert quit her job at the university because of the glass ceiling instead of being fired because she co-wrote a book about ghosts. (Let's be honest, in a movie about ghosts THAT was the most unrealistic, immersion-shattering part.)

Another problem I have with this kind of remake is the fact that the people behind creating these movies want to bank in on feminism, but they all stop at just having a female-centered cast. "Ghostbusters (2016)" was created by self-declared feminists. I say self-declared because anyone who watched the movie would know that it's all for show. They had the power and potential to make a statement in this movie; they could've made many, in fact.

As I said above, they could've addressed the Glass Ceiling in the film or discussed how women are perceived as being, not cowardly, per se, but rather meek when faced with conflict. I would say they could've mentioned unwanted comments and sexual harassment too, but given how much they sexualized and objectified Kevin (Chris Hemsworth) shows that they don't care about that either. Which, while on the subject of that, here's a PSA: it's hypocritical to complain when women are overly sexualized and stereotyped but cheer and laugh when the same thing happens to men. It's not cute when either sex does it. It's disgusting. Oogle people to yourself like a respectable adult.

The icing on the cake is that more times than not, movies like this are under the category of "comedy." I'm not going to argue whether or not either movie was funny, because humor is too subjective. I'm not even upset with them because I didn't find them funny, I'm mad because even the people who made them can't take their movies seriously. (Though, as a side note, let's not pretend that Hollywood nonchalantly slaps the comedy genre on just about anything to remind audiences that they should be laughing). The original "Ghostbusters" wasn't a comedy, but it did have humor sprinkled throughout it just like previous "Ocean's" movies were action/suspense movies. Understandably, some people could argue that their aforementioned, absent nuance can be found within these films' focuses on humor. I can't personally agree with that though, because the comedy is just filler between the story's iconic exposition, climax, and conclusion.

I recently found out that there's a feminized "Terminator" remake in the works. I have never seen "Terminator" and do not know its plot or characters other than the fact that Schwartzenegger "will be back." I think that if I were to go and watch it on opening night that I'd probably find it enjoyable. It's ridiculous, really, because what's the point in watching the remake if you didn't bother to see the original. The remake should appeal to people familiar with the series, in fact, those people should be the ones who benefit the most from them.

Now, don't get me wrong. I'm a woman; this isn't some childish, sexist, antifeminism rant.

While I can't say that I ever felt as though I needed a woman, explicitly, to inspire me when I was a child, I do believe that it is vital to have women in influential film roles. I just don't think we should let Hollywood dish out lazily written gender-bent scripts.

For Christ's sake, "Ocean's 8" was a shoddy, uninspired story that relied on its illustrious cast like a crutch. I want to see original stories full of genuinely compelling and complex female characters, not blatantly traditional male archetypes but as females. I'm sick and tired of it. Not every woman in film has to be a limp-noodle damsel in distress, nor should she be the boring, now overused, and unoriginal unflinching, infallible female badass.

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I Support Late-Term Abortions, That Doesn't Make Me A Baby-Hating Monster

A late-term abortion is a horrible, devastating and heartbreaking choice... but one I'm glad women have.

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If you think that late-term abortions are for mothers who get to 8.5 months and then randomly decide they no longer want to have a baby, then don't even read this article. This article is not to argue with ignorance. Read some unbiased articles, actually, think about it for two seconds and then realize that women who are due any day now aren't just going to terminate their pregnancies because it is "legal" now. (It is not.)

I've seen so many posts and comments and arguments, the crux of them being, "I can't imagine aborting my child after 24 weeks."

Well, guess what... The women this law will apply to probably can't imagine it, either.

Nearly all abortions occur in the first trimester of pregnancy (approximately 91.1%). This tells us what is (more than likely) a pretty obvious fact: That beyond the first trimester, most women are planning to keep their baby (or give him or her up for adoption). So you can imagine that even being presented with the option of termination would be heartbreaking.

Imagine this: You're pregnant and absolutely ecstatic to bring a child into the world. You go in for an appointment at 30 weeks. During the exam, your doctor is quiet. You are growing extremely anxious. They tell you that they have some bad news. Your daughter has a serious condition, one that will allow her to live less than a year. They can perform a c-section, she will be in the NICU for a long time, but even once you take her home, she has an extremely low chance of survival. Her life will be painful. Or, they can perform an abortion.

What do you choose? For some, they absolutely cannot fathom the idea of termination. They'd rather take a chance at life. And for some, they cannot even fathom the idea of watching their child live a painful, short life that will end in incredible heartbreak.

Both of these are traumatizing decisions. Your pregnancy and your hope for the future and your plans for the child you are so excited for have come crashing down. This is not a lightly made decision. And if you would choose to take your chances, pray for a miracle and get to hold your child in your arms, you should have every single right to.

But if you decide that the trauma of terminating your pregnancy without having to fall further in love with your child and watch him or her struggle every day and deal with the gutwrenching pain of losing them, you should have every single right to make that choice, too.

This is not cut and dry. This is something that changes from woman to woman, from family to family. But one thing stays the same: Learning that the life that you planned for your baby can no longer be as you desperately hoped is heartbreaking. It is a uniquely horrific feeling that, you're right, you can't imagine. No one can imagine it until they're living it. I write about it and I think about it and I have to assume that there is nothing in this world that can prepare you for it.

Posting and commenting that women who choose the path of late-term termination are monsters or killers or heartless is wrong.

Picture this: A pregnant woman and her husband, sitting in an exam room alone after learning devastating news about their pregnancy. They're holding one another, sobbing, thinking through their options. Trying to decide if ending their pregnancy, crushing the hopes and dreams they had for their little baby is the right choice, or continuing on and hoping for a miracle but knowing they should prepare for the heartbreak of their lives. Picture them, through tears, while holding an ultrasound photo to their chest, telling the doctor they choose to terminate. Picture them going home, sitting in the nursery they decorated, calling their parents and telling them their grandchild won't be arriving.

Are you picturing a couple of monsters? A couple of heartless killers?

Or do you see a family put into an impossible situation, trying to make an impossible decision for themselves and their unborn child? A family who threw a baby shower and decorated their nursery and argued over the perfect name for months. Who took progress photos of their baby bump, who talked about what sports their kid would play, who had to hear the devastating news that turned their world upside down?

I don't see a monster. I don't see a killer.

I see pain, I see hardship, I see love.

And I hope that you do, too.

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It's Time To Start Standing Up For Yourself

A lot of people let others walk all over them but it's time to start standing up for how you feel.

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Whenever you've got into a confrontation or fight or anything that even resembles an argument, someone always says be the bigger person. What does that really mean? To some people, it means completely ignoring the whole situation and everyone's emotions and that isn't fair. Or maybe to some people it means letting them scream at you and you apologizing and just taking the blame.

Being the bigger person shouldn't mean these things. It should mean making sure no one is treating you poorly or taking advantage of you. Now maybe don't take it so far to become mean or a bully because that's just awful behavior.

Standing up for yourself is so empowering. If someone close to you is hurting you or taking advantage or anything you don't like, just a simple conversation can keep it from escalating. If you have a friend calling you names, even if it is just a joke, you can say something and not be a buzzkill or jerk. You 100% should feel comfortable and confident no matter who you're with.

So many times in my life I've wanted to save a friendship or relationship so I just ignored or took what other people were doing to me. This even happened and it led to an abusive relationship where I felt stuck and didn't see an out. It was an extremely eye-opening experience that taught me to never let any hurt me.

To say this is easier than doing it. Start small, if someone says something hurtful towards you just ask them not to do it again. If that person continues to hurt you leave the room or space. You need to take control of your own life and write your own story.

Life is a lot better when you live it free of worries and pain.

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