*sigh* There always has to be one of you on every thread. (And usually there's more.)
The fact is that female-centered movies are averaging higher ticket sales and revenues than are male-centered movies these days, overall. Without pre-judging Birds of Prey without having yet seen it myself, it's VERY selective to only highlight the Ghostbusters and Charlie's Angels remakes when there have been, in the last decade, such pictures as Mad Max: Fury Road, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Gravity, The Hunger Games, a few Star Wars movies (the first three of which at least were not flops anyway), The Bridesmaids, Hidden Figures, The Hate U Give, Wonder Woman, and Captain Marvel, and those are just some of the better-known examples. Another film that users created a thread about here on VGC to crap on in advance was Greta Gerwig's film adaptation of Little Women, which has gone on to become a critical and commercial smash hit (especially relative to its budget), in addition to being nominated for six Oscars. Also, in animation, there have been such success stories as Inside Out, Finding Dory, Moana, and Zootopia, as well as both Frozen movies, all of which have been well-received. (Yeah, that's a Disney lineup, I know: they're basically the only company that does animation for girls.) Most of these pictures could be described as pro-feminist and three (The Bridesmaids, Little Women, and Hidden Figures) use all-female casts of protagonists. A few of them even had female directors.
In addition to the above commercial hits, I would point to a number of other examples of female-centered pictures that impressed me over the last decade, including the lesbian romances Portrait of a Lady on Fire and Carol, as well the Studio Ghibli picture The Tale of the Princess Kaguya and one of my personal favorite movies of the last decade, Winter's Bone because all of those are objectively solid films even though they didn't make the most money in the world.
My point is that, while you might find "girl power" frightening and objectionable, the fact is that large numbers of people, are interested in stories about girls and women, and not just in seeing them sexualized and turned into naught but helpless, hapless victims like you'd prefer. And also that, frankly, many if not most female-centered movies being released today really do have some artistic merit. One really has to reach to find only the lesser examples. That takes conscious intention.
You’re making a lot of assumptions about me here:
-I never said that I personally have a problem with girl power movies, only that a lot of the recent ones have flopped.
-I was specifically referring to group/team girl power movies, and a lot of those recent ones have flopped as I pointed out. Many solo female led movies have been big successes, you don’t have to look very hard to find successful solo female lead movies like Captain Marvel, Wonder Woman, or The Hunger Games.
-Never said that I like my female characters to be sexualized damsels in distress *facepalm*
- I am perfectly happy playing games or watching movies that have strong female leads (as a for instance, I loved games with strong female main characters like Horizon: Zero Dawn, Uncharted: Lost Legacy, and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, and if you look at my signature you will see that my Xbox and PlayStation GamerPic/Avatar right now are both strong female characters). I just hate it when writers degrade male characters to make their female characters look better by comparison, or make their female characters overpowered Mary Sues, like for instance Rey in the Star Wars sequel trilogy. Birds of Prey might not even be one of those pieces of media that does that, all I said was that somebody told me that it is one of those. I will judge the movie when I watch it myself, likely once it is available to rent.Last edited by shikamaru317 - on 09 February 2020