When I first saw the teaser trailer for the soon-to-be released The Three Musketeers, I thought they had added a lady to the bunch.
Milla Jovovich plays Milady de Winter, and she is one of Three Musketeers. And she also is not.
Turns out, de Winter is a double agent who only joined the Three Musketeers to destroy them. According to her description on the official movie site, she is quite successful:
Embodying beauty and grace, Milady shines with a heavenly glow, winning the hearts of every man, including Athos [one of the Three Musketeers]. Yet Milady’s innocent demeanor masks an evil truth, and through deception and irresistible sexuality, the fate of Athos’ heart and that of France lies in the cold hands of a deadly assassin, a fallacy of love, the original femme fatale.
That’s a bunch of tired old baloney. It’s a bummer that de Winter is not a real Musketeer—and it’s garbage that Hollywood won’t quit recycling the overly simplistic femme fatale trope or let go of the whole virgin/whore thing.
But what really bunches my britches is de Winter’s duds.
That’s a damn silly outfit for a sword fight. Is she wearing a gown, or a Persian rug? And what kind of product keeps your curls paralyzed even during a mid-air sword fight?
Can’t a girl get some pantaloons?
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Is Hollywood finally starting to wake up to its woman problem?
What we’re hearing from people in the entertainment industry is that there just isn’t enough.
There aren’t enough good roles for women. There aren’t enough women producing, whether on the business or the creative end.
The Bridesmaids movie was a big deal for obvious and frustrating reasons. Just Google “Why Bridesmaids matters,” and you’ll read lots about how Bridesmaids is proof that women are funny [in the way that men are funny, which is of course the only sort of funny available at the box office]. Some called it the female version of The Hangover, which is so typical it hurts.
But Bridesmaids is not proof that women are funny because women do not have anything to prove to anyone but themselves. What Bridesmaids really proves is that Bridesmaids is not enough. We’re hungry for a more inclusive Hollywood; we’re hungry for more movies that make us feel like Bridesmaids.
TV’s fall lineup is both nostalgic for the sexism of yore (the grass is always greener, right?) and full steam ahead to a bright feminist future, according to The New York Times.
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