Tina Fey for Elle’s Women in Hollywood (2014)
But Gone Girl’s apparent problems with women lurk beyond just Amy, too. The film’s male lead, Nick (Ben Affleck), Amy’s husband, laments that he’s spent his life with women controlling his every move, and when he settles in at her side by movie’s end, he’s been completely broken of his spirit. This, it would be easy for an anti-feminist critic to argue, is the logical conclusion of women’s dominion over men — a mostly good guy imprisoned by a vile monster who holds him in place with her womb.
Couple that with Fincher’s … let’s say … less-than-perfect track record with female characters in the past, in films ranging from Fight Club to The Social Network to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, and you have a perfect storm, just waiting for thinkpieces to erupt.
But open up Gone Girl and dig around in its guts, and you find something surprising. This is perhaps the most feminist mainstream movie in years, a forthright depiction of the ways that society controls women and forces them into certain roles, then lets men basically do whatever they want. Amy Dunne might be a monster, but she’s no sui generis psychopath. No, she’s Frankenstein’s monster, stitched together by a husband, parents, and a social order that demanded she be certain things, rather than who she really was.
And in destroying her husband’s life, she’s symbolically taking back power for women everywhere."
This place has everything…
Thanks so much everyone that came out to the shows at MSG on Thursday.
(Photos by Ruvan Wijesooriya)
I think it’s going to be okay. And afterwards, I’ll just be in my future. And, you know, we’ll go from there, right?
is no one going to talk about how miranda has been replaced with a random middle aged woman
if you knew anything about lizzie mcguire you would know that miranda is livin it up in Mexico City while Lizzie has an awesome adventure with Paolo and Isabella, while trying to avoid the evil wrath of Ms Ungermeyer, who is definitely not some “random middle aged woman”
“We weren’t allowed to eat all the matzo and lox and bagels around [on the TIWILY set]…” - Tina FEY (Time Magazine, Sept. 29th, 2014)
can i make it any more obvious?
I love you all
Put your arms around me, fiddly digits, itchy britches
I love you all
…is he doing the lonely boy dance?