Whilst there is a lot to like and take away from Fury Road, I’m truly wondering if the praise it has received for being a ‘feminist film’ may be a little extreme.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m both a fan of the film and think that it’s both morally right and important to have strong female characters.
What I question is in its rather binary establishments of gender roles, is this film helpful in the discussion?
Even posing such a question brings up a lot of its own challenges in the sense that the film doesn’t have to do anything on this front. But again, I truly wonder if the praises people are singing on this front are warranted?
It’s definitely cool to see the old ladies kicking arse, but I can’t help but feel the film is still quite binary in its depictions of gender.
Whilst Furiosa sits on both sides of the gender divide, she is mostly masculine and her gender is largely irrelevant to the plot.
Perhaps the gender theorists amongst us can speak further? But I remind everyone that 24 years ago, James Cameron did a better job with Sarah Connor in Terminator 2.
Have we really progressed very far at all?