All kinds of reasons are thrown about for why women are an endangered species in Hollywood movies. Sure, you can say that no women served on subs or in combat and that it was two men who put together an all male team of thieves and you can go on justifying and rationalizing until you're blue in the face. The fact remains that casting a woman means something. Woman is other, not normal. And the implications of that are ugly.
Despite being set in "the olden days," Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet used "colourblind casting," at least for non-central family characters. It makes me wonder, could we ever have gender blind casting?
women represented in the SHIELD staff, unlike your typical action flick. Plus Agent Hill, the Director's second in command, is a women, and does not at any point become a love interest, need rescuing or cry. She also doesn't converse with another women as near as I can tell, but then again, baby steps, right? If we can just get to the point where every movie casts women in general roles, that will come.
The Avengers wasn't a deep movie. It wasn't trying to be, and so it got to be amazing on it's own level. Still, there were emotionally moving moments for me - just not your typical action movie "drama" moments. They occurred when I saw "myself" onscreen. When I looked at the crew of the SHIELD HQ boat/helicopter and I saw women, it brought tears to my eyes. Thank you, whoever made that decision. You are part of the change that is coming, that I have to believe is coming so I don't go crazy.
What do you think? What movies do you love but wish weren't sexist/racist/missing LGBT people etc...? What movies give you hope?
A few notes: this post focuses on missing women since I spot & identify with that most easily. Tons of even worse problems exist with regards to representing people who aren't white, straight, able-bodied etc... Also, I've discussed only mainstream movies here, since that's mainly what I watch, plus this is far from a scientific sample - a few movies I've seen recently, and a few old favourites selected because I thought of them first. Thanks for your understanding (& for reading this far!).