(Wo)men in Black Leather Suits

Your favourite Canadian action director is talkin’ shit again. Before making three more Smurf films, he’s speaking out on how he feels about films. In an interview with The Guardian, he spat out a bit on modern female action heroes.

James Cameron Superhero film

Strong words, but fairly apt. Let’s take a look at some films released in the past few years. Even without the plot, they all shop at the same leather shop.

Women action films

Granted, they all generally fit the style appropriate for their stories and films, but it is all a bit samey and are a fairly unrecognized cliche. Not sure if it makes them men, but I’ve seen as far as memorable characters go, I can’t even remember the character’s names. Is Mr.Cameron guilty of his own statements though? Ripley (Aliens) and Sarah Connor (Terminator 2) have all the fierceness of any macho post-Rambo characters, but they do avoid being strictly damsels in distress or eye candy with notable personality traits. One that stands out for me, is their own maternal instincts such as Sarah Conner desiring to save humanity and her son from Judgement Day or Ripley protecting Newt. Obviously, Titanic doesn’t follow into my argument as easily, but Cameron’s pretty bang on about the leather-clothed ladies. Forgive me if I don’t want to see Resident Aeon Evil Underworld Flux again in the near future!


One Response to (Wo)men in Black Leather Suits

  1. Sir Phobos says:

    Yea, I don’t think Cameron wants to go down the “they’re just men” road, when you have Sarah Connor going from a pretty normal looking woman to a gross, buffed out she-man doing pull ups in her hospital cell. Just saying.

    I dunno, I guess people like seeing all those women in tight leather outfits. They do all start blending in, and I’d say it depends on the movie we’re talking about as to whether or not they’re actual characters underneath the shiny suit. Alice in Resident Evil, for example, is definitely not. I’m more interested in characters like Angelina Jolie’s Salt, Milla Jovovich in 5th Element, and Gina Davis in The Long Kiss Goodnight.

    I wouldn’t go so far as to say the leather suit females are necessarily being objectified any worse than their male counterparts. Every superhero/comic book movie has both men and women strutting around in ridiculous outfits. Everyone is being sexualized.

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