My son wanted to go on a date with his parents for his birthday instead of a party (don't know how long that will last), so we did. As a parent, it gave me satisfaction to know he wanted to share my company over his friends. And the boy was so sweet, too. He opened my car door, asked me what I thought about the movie and walked next to me -- none of the "my mom is so embarrassing" stuff. I was tickled to see my child acting so courteous and kind. When I am out with all the children, he must have some inner need to start stuff and be irritating to his siblings so I normally don't get to enjoy this side of my nearly-grown up, little boy.
We went to see Captain America and I have to say it is my FAVORITE marvel hero movie to date. They combined the new and the old in the most creative ways. I loved the 1940's nostalgia. I won't want to say too much so I do not spoil anything with it being so new. Although I will share that they were able to blast the audience into the past while keeping it real without subjecting us to borderline porn like many of the comic book movies tend to do. It was utterly refreshing. I enjoy watching this movie genre, but feel conflicted about the body image and modesty agendas that are oftentimes pushed to the limit in these movies.
I clearly identified this inner conflict when my BFF, my BFF once removed and I went to see XMen: First Class. While the movie was action-packed and had gobs of fun connections to the other Xmen films, it was a disappointment. I was disappointed in how the female characters were so graphically exposed. Especially the high profile, extra powerful women. And you might say that comic books are like that so I should expect it, but I always hope for women to be more respected and revered because maybe they will respect themselves more and demand to be less revealed.
It would take creativity, but I believe the girls could be made to look appealing without compromising modesty to such degrees. Impressionable minds are being taught that a woman's power depends upon her body--and even more so--how much of it she will show others.
The comics were written by and for men and boys for the most part. Hence, I have heard the arguments that men are visual, it is only fantasy, it is just a movie, it isn't real. I say the women are real. And those real women getting paid to be in the movies could stand up for something better. I believe that if more of the sexy, hot babe sort of actresses would push for a less women-are-objects position, there could be a shift in what is put in these movies.
Moreover, the argument that men are visual and so that draws them in might be true, but it remains a load of garbage nonetheless. Sure, men are visual and the movie makers make a grip of money, but they could recognize that every female ever born is someone's daughter, sister, aunt, mother, cousin, girlfriend, and/or wife and choose to bridle that tendency out of love and respect. The women could remember who they are, what they are worth,and work toward some middle ground.
I seriously doubt the makers of Captain America were thinking along on these lines when they created it, but this film stands as proof that you can make a fabulous movie, with beautiful women in it, and not pimp them out to the millions of movie goers around the world.
And the very best part is that I could sit next to my son and not feel embarrassed.
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