Mad Max Fury Road
5.0

Mad Max: Fury Road – Innocuous Feminism

Because the feminism on display in Mad Max: Fury Road is so innocuous. The fact that it isn't radical--that it's so "duh" to anyone with half a brain and an ounce of empathy--leaves me bummed. It's like the world treating a fart like a god damned tornado.
Sad Lady Elf
2.0abysmal

Review: The Battle of the Five Armies – Style Over Substance

But its treatment of women is just one more example of Five Armies' predilection for style over substance. The film has the look of tragedy, the look of "strong female characters," and of course its visual appearance is nothing short of stunning. But beneath it all is a narrative that has been stretched far too thin to bear any narrative or thematic weight. J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit is a children’s book about adventure and the joys of going home again. The Hobbit trilogy, and Battle of the Five Armies in particular, is a celebration of the glory of war, where even death and loss are romanticized. If there’s any true hubris in the tragedy of The Hobbit trilogy, perhaps that’s it.