The new ‘Charlie’s Angels’ reboot has bombed at the box office, taking in less than $9 million since its opening weekend (which is terrible apparently).
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According to director Elizabeth Banks, the film’s poor reception and box office numbers is down to men and sexism, and nothing to do with the fact that the film looks completely awful.
I mean look at the trailer FFS:
How corny does that look? I’d barely be bothered to check it out on Netflix let alone go to the cinema and watch it.
Nevertheless, Elizabeth Banks gave her verdict to the Herald Sun:
Look, people have to buy tickets to this movie, too. This movie has to make money.
If this movie doesn’t make money it reinforces a stereotype in Hollywood that men don’t go see women do action movies.
They’ll go and see a comic book movie with Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel because that’s a male genre.
You’ve had 37 Spider-Man movies and you’re not complaining!
I think women are allowed to have one or two action franchises every 17 years — I feel totally fine with that.
Again I don’t think that makes much sense when you think about the countless female-led action hero movies that have been successful from Tomb Raider to Kill Bill to Wonder Woman to Lucy and so on. People watched those films because they looked good, not because they were a ‘male genre’ as she puts it. Not to mention the previous two Charlie’s Angels films which were both successes.
I mean compare the last Charlie’s Angels reboot girls to the current line-up:
It’s basically three badasses Vs three amateurs. Nothing to do with their sex whatsoever.
I don’t want to be mean about Elizabeth Banks because she was good in 40 Year Old Virgin and 30 Rock, but she’s dead wrong on this one. Sure it’s not easy putting all that time and effort into making a movie only for people not to respond the way you’d hoped, but you’ve got to be realistic and take some responsibility for why it flopped. It’s not because of toxic masculinity or sexism, it’s because of that awful trailer and the fact the girls are completely unconvincing as a crew of ass-kickers. Better luck next time though.
For actual sexism, get a load of this ‘alpha male’ getting crucified on Twitter for his ‘How To Be A Beautiful Woman’ 12 step guide. Yikes.