- The animators only see beauty as an incredibly narrow, Eurocentric spectrum (basically what the Frozen sisters look like)
- Looking pretty is a vital characteristic of a female protagonist You can’t show any emotion without losing the prettiness, or else something about the character is lost (Her human value? Her fuckability? Who knows). Either way, if a character isn’t pretty according to their (again, extremely narrow) standards, she can’t be a main character or love interest.
- Disney animators think emotionality is more inherent to women or that it’s more important to show emotion on female character’s faces than male characters, otherwise wouldn’t they have already complained about having to animate emotions onto the two lead males from Wreck It Ralph, or Toy Story?
- The animators at Disney aren’t interested in challenging themselves in order to have more female representation in their films.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Maybe it’s because I’ve spent so much of my life in the southern United States, where people in snakeskin boots actually do decorate with cow skulls and wave Confederate flags, but I’ve never particularly wanted anything to do with cowboys. I don’t know if I’ve misjudged the wild west or if The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is simply better than other movies that share its setting, but I do know that I love it, and I’d highly recommend it to anybody, regardless of their preconceived notions.
The 19th century west presented here is one of ruthlessness and brutality where anything goes for a couple of bucks or a swig of a hard drink; where the even the good guys aren’t so good. The story is one of betrayal, uneasy alliances, and cool manipulation, where the powerful are those who have a near-mystical command of where their bullets fly. The rules are flexible, the eyes are squinted, and the path to gold is a war-torn desert wasteland with shifting borders and nothing to break up the emptiness but cannon fire and the roar of a locomotive.
But, honestly, anything could be happening in this movie and I’d be happy to go along for the ride as long as long as it meant a chance to enjoy the incredible cinematography. Each shot is masterfully composed, and the juxtaposition of music and imagery puts the vast majority of movies to shame. I certainly wouldn’t call it perfect - there’s a lot of lousy ADR work, and the three-hour cut I watched was unnecessarily long - but it’s a fun time, and if you have any love for movies as an art form, this is essential viewing.