TheBrunette77

TheBrunette77

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How have all female cast films been a change for good or not?

With the rise of remake films with all female casts being on an upward trajectory, what are some of the pros and cons for doing this? Does this have an effect on how the viewer rates and discusses the movie? If so, how, why? If not, why not?

  • I love this question! I don't know the answer. But, here is an an example of how ( I believe) it has been a change for the worst: the recent re-make of the Ghostbusters film. Compared to the 1980's all male ( main character) cast, the women actors seemed overly directed and controlled. They are funny women. They are intelligent and they have have gobs of talent, yet, it seemed they were not allowed to fully flesh out their characters, interact and riff off of each other, nor flex their comedic muscles as freely and fully as their male counterparts ( Murry, Akroid, etc.) did in the original. – Joslyn Robinson 3 years ago
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  • This is a good question, especially with the controversy around recent franchises like Star Wars and Ghostbusters. It seems like a double edged sword. On the one hand, having more female representation is better than nothing. On the other hand it could be viewed as being superficial, just a name change at best, or blatantly sexist at worst. Most of the "stick to the text" fundamentalism seems pretty stupid to me, given that there have been far more egregious changes to text (like Spiderman's powers in the Raimi movies, or the revisionist ending to Jurassic Park) without the controversy. In general, it seems better to have more female characters, but it would be better if there were just more roles for women in general from the start. – tedytak 2 years ago
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TheBrunette77

Looking back at these particular Buffy episodes, they definitely are good cases for how vital a component sound is and the kind of effect it can have. You’ve touched on this and expressed this very well.
I think, for me, The Body, is the greatest example of this effectiveness.
No music and minimal sounds set up a dramatic, melancholy and heart breaking parallel to the other examples. It’s almost as if its showcasing how powerless one can become in the face of something we all will have experienced, or will experience, at least once in our lives. It’s distressing to see our steel heroine so stripped of her armour. This would not be so achingly affective were sound (music and noise) were used in the episode.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: An Exploration of Sound in Storytelling
TheBrunette77

I think Friends stands so well now because of the comedy without a doubt. But what I’m now starting to appreciate, watching now I’m far older than my first viewing age, is the little nuances. The dramatic/adult/even sometimes sad, relatable subplots. Like the sadness and heart tugging challenge faced by Monica and Chandler when they discovered theu couldn’t have children? Or when Phoebe realised that she was in the first serious relationship of her life, only to find Mike never wanted to remarry? (Thankfully he changed his mind, their wedding was my favourite) It’s these little things that helped to put flesh to the bones of a beloved comedic sitcom, giving it heart at the core of where it already had laughter as its central theme.

7 Reasons Why We'll Always Love Friends
TheBrunette77

This is very well written. I think like any artist there are works Sandler can do well; ranging from comedic romance (The Wedding Singer, 50 First Dates), the immature but no less entertaining (Little Nicky, Billy Madison), the potentially offensive (You Don’t Mess with the Zohan, The Ridiculous Six) and the dramatic with elements of seriousness (Reign Over Me, Punch Drunk Love) to the unpopular, for lack of a better word, bombs (Jack and Jill and Pixels). His multiple duality is perhaps commendable, as is his perseverance but who can say if he will reclaim his, to some, acclaimed status or not?

Cinema Cynicism: The Ballad of Adam Sandler