Hey, why did he play that card anyway?
Good morning Nooorrrfooolkk!!! Yeah, Robin Williams did it better. But in anycase, I bet you think it's odd I'm doing another movie review, huh? I don't know, maybe my computer going down has slowed me playing all those online duels to make my informative Yu-Gi-Oh articles. Maybe I like to use movies reviews to convey my messages about society so I don't sound like a preachy, crazed old man at an random internet street corner, or maybe I just want an excuse to write something so shut your face. Whatever the reason, the movie of the moment is Knives Out, which was essentially pacifist James Bond vs evil Captain America with a maid as the referee, and I loved every minute of it. Well... that description actually doesn't do the movie justice: It was actually about a Hispanic maid whose good-willed character allows her to overcome the corruption of an affluent family, all tied into a brilliantly woven murder mystery, with pacifist James Bond vs evil Captain America happening on the side. Now, on to the meat of this article... Because this movie was a murder mystery, I can't go into what I loved about the plot without spoiling you like an only child during Christmas, but what I can do is talk about a specific aspect I appreciated the movie did right, taking into account the climate of female empowerment consuming popular culture currently.
Now be gentle while you read this article, especially because I'm all for female empowerment, or any movie showcasing a minority underdog swimming through the ugly of life and emerging first out of the pool. You can look for further evidence in my novel Elements: The Epic of the Elements, with my two strong female protagonists Takedako and Venus. What I don't appreciate is when one group is villainous or demonized to make another one look better. This was my primary issue with movies that did the female empowerment theme wrong, and were seriously berated by critics and fans because of it, my prime examples the 2016 Ghostbusters remake and Star Wars: The Last Jedi. In the former, all the male characters were bumbling idiots (with poor Chris Hemsworth becoming quintessence of the dumb, pretty-boy male stereotype), while in the latter every pale-skinned white male was either incompetent or evil. However, Knives Out managed to avoid this trap by not only having a female character overcome adversity, but by showing the good and bad present in all groups present in the film. There are female antagonists in Knives Out, as well as male antagonists. It shows the negative side of the wealthy, while it also shows the positive, altruistic side of it. As a result, it gives everyone their "fair share" by not trying to stereotype a particular group as the antagonist to raise another, a lesson Hollywood needs to learn if they want stop the populace from throwing rancor on newer, female-centric films. It's not making the main cast female that makes a movie bad (another negative stereotype that needs to disappear), but it's the way the films are being directed and/or written that's making them bad, by Hollywood thinking one group needs to be under the heel of another for the next to rise, instead of having both groups lift each other up in harmony. Knives Out proved the recipe worked by crafting a film few fans and critics have issues with while it stars a female protagonist as the lead.