Girl Power: Hard-Bodied Women
Let’s face it, who doesn’t love superhero movies? Maybe that’s just the geek in me speaking – I wholeheartedly love superhero and action flicks. Which makes sense when I went this to see Iron Man 2 this past weekend and was dazzled by its impressive standing as a sequel, along with the glorious and glamorized kick-butt action scenes. One of the things that struck me most was Scarlett Johansson’s role in the movie. Added as a new character in the second installment of the Iron Man series, she plays a super tough agent by the name of Black Widow. Without giving too much away, let’s just say there’s a scene that makes me want to quit everything that I’m doing and train myself to effortlessly knock 8 people out at the same time. Which makes me think, they’re portraying a girl doing that. Of course, this isn’t the first time a female has been this kind of hero – have we not seen any Angelina Jolie movies? Right. It’s just more prominent in movies in our society today. For example, let’s talk about the movie Kick-Ass, another movie that I loved (and found interesting because of its twist on the ‘typical’ superhero movie). But I’m talking specifically about the spunky, foul-mouthed, literally kick-ass 11-year-old, Hit-Girl, who was played by Chloe Grace Moretz. Now the tender age of 11 is not even a teenager, nevertheless a woman, but Hit-Girl lives up to her name. If there was anyone to admire in this movie, it would be the little innocent-looking girl who could operate weaponry better than trained assassins and all the while making sassy, mature remarks. In what category do we leave her? She’s not exactly ‘hard-bodied’, but her role is still something to think about nonetheless.
Here’s an article pertaining to Scarlett Johansson & Gwyneth Paltrow living up to their hard-bodied roles in the newest Iron Man: http://stylenews.peoplestylewatch.com/2010/04/27/two-more-reasons-to-go-see-iron-man-2-hardbodied-scarlett-and-gwyneth/
…and another positive review surrounding the controversy of Hit-Girl’s antics.: http://www.nbcmiami.com/entertainment/movies/Hit-Girl-is-a-Kick-Ass-Hero-For-All-Ages-91438794.html