The Female Perspective: “Forget Women Seeing This”

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As I was scrolling through the online world this week I came across an article that both amused the holy heck out of me and pissed me off royally. The article, is a short piece about a “veteran” film blogger who was talking about the upcoming Leonardo DiCaprio movie, “The Revenant” and how women wouldn’t enjoy it because of it’s brutal nature.

Hmmm…okay veteran blogger, generalize much?

Now, the movie isn’t out yet so I cannot comment on that. I can, however, comment on the trailer that I have watched a couple times. It looks interesting, sure, but I’m not sure it’s interesting enough for me to trek out to the theater and shell over 400 million dollars for the film (that might be an exaggeration of the cost of a theater ticket…). I can say unequivocally though that the reason I wouldn’t rush out to see it is not because it looks raw and brutal. Nope. I can watch a brutal movie any day of the week, I just want to WANT to see it.

These days, with the cost of seeing a movie so high it takes a lot for me to want to see a film. It has to include movie stars I enjoy, a director I love, a good story. It almost always has to include super hero’s and/or be made from a book that I adored. I’m very picky and I know for certain that the next movie I see will the Star Wars: The Force Awakens and after that? Not so sure.

My taste in movies aside, this article proves a very good point, people are VERY sensitive these days and they take the smallest comment and turn it into a “controversy”. Case in point, the veteran film blogger who simply Tweeted,

“The Revenant” is an unflinchingly brutal, you-are-there, raw-element immersion like something you’ve never seen. Forget women seeing this. – Hollywood Elsewhere @wellshwood

Film Blogger Jeffrey Wells
Film Blogger Jeffrey Wells

For those four words, “Forget women seeing this,” Jeffrey Wells caused quite the Twitter furor (what else is new these days?) and had to apologize for his comments. The fact is, this is not the first time Wells has gotten himself in trouble, the article goes on to say,

This is not the first time Wells has triggered controversy. In a post about the trailer for Trainwreck, he criticised Amy Schumer’s looks, describing her as “Jennifer Aniston’s somewhat heavier, not-as-lucky sister”; he wrote: “Life would be heavenly and rhapsodic if women had the personality and temperament of dogs” in a post about the Neil LaBute play Reasons to Be Pretty; and Deadline leaked a 2007 email in which he asked 3:10 to Yuma director James Mangold for topless photos of Vinessa Shaw. –The Guardian

So yeah, this guy is pretty obviously a misogynist so I will not defend his words. He has his opinion and he feels that a brutal, unflinching look at a man trying to survive in old-time America would be too much for our fragile female souls.

Basically, I think this guy can go pound sand.

There are probably a handful of MEN in this world who would also find a movie like “The Revenant” difficult to watch and Wells could have chosen any other combo of words to express the fact that the movie is harsh and unrelenting and violent. He didn’t though, he said what he meant and what he means (I assume) is that women don’t like violent, brutal films. As a writer of any kind generalizing like this is a dangerous thing to do. It is unfair to whatever sex or race or whoever you single out because odds are, there are going to be people who disagree with you. As did many, MANY folks disagree with Wells and his comment.

"The Revenant"
“The Revenant”

Newsflash Mr. Wells, women can enjoy a brutal, violent film like the next guy, but sometimes we choose not to subject ourselves to violence in our theater experience because, guess what? There is TONS of violence in the “real world” these days and we can all do with a little mellow, a little peace. Just like anyone else, male or female.

I don’t know if this all makes sense but what I am trying to say is this; People need to just leave jerks like Wells to their dark holes of misogynistic women-judging and move on to address the things that really matter. Like feeding hungry families, helping the poor and all the other issues plaguing our nation today.

That being said, all Wells did was make me WANT to see this movie now so you can bet your bottom that I’ll be watching it in some form and I won’t shy away from it’s brutal ideas and visuals. I’m a horror movie junkie and while I may get grossed out, I’ll still watch the darn thing because half the fun of going to a movie is living through someone else’s experiences and seeing what happens. Besides all of that, if a movie is well done (and with this film there is a lot of pre-Oscar buzz around it), even if it’s a rough watch, it’s worth my time. I’ve watched plenty of movies that have difficult themes including some of DiCaprio’s latest work, and have found them challenging to my heart, soul and mind and that, to me, is the BEST kind of entertainment.


What do YOU think of Wells’ comments? Do you think you’ll see “The Revenant”? Sound off below!

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