i just got back from watching transformers: dark of the moon. i’ll put a review up on my digest movies site soon, but something that struck me during one of the explosion-filled fight scenes (when my mind was starting to wander a bit) was that the female characters in this movie are exactly like the ones in ‘for whom the bells toll’, that have been criticized as i mentioned in an earlier post. you’ve got resident sex symbol girlfriend, (rosie huntington-whitly or whatever the crap her full name is, who replaced megan fox in the same role, not without controversy), and she’s the shallow stereotype, screaming and running in heels and being filmed from a lusty angle all the time. seriously, when she first comes on screen it’s like, oh hi rhw’s butt. and legs. and legs from the front. aaaaand finally we pan up to see her face. but only so she can jump on the bed and straddle her boyfriend that she sooo adores for no good reason that we see in this film. because he isn’t kind or sweet to her, he’s not a sugar daddy, he doesn’t support her, he’s not even romantic. it’s a boy fantasy movie.
then, you’ve got a high-powered military lady, i forget what her official title was but it was something like head of national security maybe. calling all the shots. played by frances mcdormand. but she’s very brusque, wears pantsuits, (while rhw wears slinky, short dresses and hells. or no pants at all like the first scene), and actually reprimands people when they refer to her as ma’am! She says, on more than one occasion, “don’t call me ma’am. do i look like a ma’am?” at one point rhw’s comeback to this is, “well you are a woman, aren’t you?” supposed to be hilarious. ah ha ha, what a bitch, she doesn’t even know if she’s a woman or not, she crazy, how did she get this job anyway? let’s laugh at her, because she’s so harsh! and because she won’t let little main character sam come in and waltz all over the place. “you’re breaking my chain of command,” she says. she should have said, sit DOWN sam witwickey! (i have no idea if i’ve spelled that right or not.)
anyway, i’d better cut it off here or i’ll run out of steam before i write my real review. i just wanted to point out the similarity between hemingway’s and bay’s female characters here, because i probably won’t get into it on my other blog.