The Problem with Atomic Blonde
Atomic Blonde is a good film. Its many reviews and current rotten tomatoes score of 75% all suggest this. Why then, is it under scrutiny from many writers and journalists on the internet, including myself? Atomic Blonde has unfortunately fallen prey to the relentless wave of extreme feminist movie goers, who all seem to be saying the same thing; This film must be better than John Wick.
What's The Problem?
The problem has nothing to do with the quality of the film, the stars, or even the director. The problem has arisen from relentless comparisons to the 2014 film John Wick, starring Keanu Reeves. Atomic Blonde is a new property, and therefore was likely to be compared to something, with John Wick appearing as the most similar film stylistically and narratively. Things become unreasonable when people begin to cheer for Atomic Blonde to be a better film than John Wick, only to prove that women are better than men in film. Comparisons in terms of quality seem obsolete when talking about Atomic Blonde's similarity to John Wick; The only question anyone wants to talk about is could Charlize Theron beat up John Wick? Is she better? Is a woman stronger than a man in a film? Because if not, oh boy. Here comes the hate. I have no problem with women being strong in films; Just look at Theron in Mad Max: Fury Road! Where I have a problem is when moviegoers believe that a female action hero or female led movie MUST be superior to its male counterpart. The entire idea of feminism, at its original core, is to bring equality to men and women. Feminists cheering for Charlize Theron to beat up John Wick are promoting the exact opposite, communicating the idea that women are finally better than men in film, when that argument is pointless! Strong female stars appear in some of the world's most iconic films: Princess Leia in Star Wars, Hermione Granger in Harry Potter, Clarice Starling in The Silence of the Lambs. The point is, films have already proven they can show powerful women. We don't need to keep comparing female led films to male led films to show the former have substance.