Calm down dear, it’s only a movie

May 25, 2008

Inevitably there are loads of reviews of the new Indiana Jones movie doing the rounds at the moment (IMDB link here, may contain spoilers) – and many of them seem intent on slamming it for its over-reliance on CGI effects and implausible storyline. And there was me thinking those things were prerequisites for Hollywood blockbusters…

What I am interested in is the number of comments to the effect of how great Harrison Ford looks for his age (65). I’m all in favour of mature actors still finding gainful employment in their sixties – for example de Niro and Pacino. But I just can’t seem to bring to mind any woman actors in their sixties who are still playing leading roles.

Ageism? Sexism? Maybe both. It’s almost as if it’s okay for the old guys to relive their glory days, they’re obviously still young guns at heart, yay them for being up for it, ra ra ra – but if you’re a woman actor even over 40 (and that’s pushing it) you have nothing left to offer?

Eye candy, anyone?…

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(Cross-posted at The F Word on 25 May 2008)

©2008 Helen G

3 Responses to “Calm down dear, it’s only a movie”

  1. belledame222 Says:

    mostly, I was kind of gobsmacked at the blatant racism in it, although really there’s no reason I should’ve been surprised, considering the prequels and the general premise. and it’s not like it hasn’t been extra-trendy in Big Action Movies this past while, or seems like. (maybe I’m just now noticing) still, though.

    mostly it just seemed like–it’s not that Ford is too old and tired, it’s that the -franchise- is old and tired.

  2. Jinnee Says:

    Somehow i missed the point. Probably lost in translation :) Anyway … nice blog to visit.

    cheers, Jinnee.

  3. Helen G Says:

    Jinnee: Thanks for stopping by… My point was “I just can’t seem to bring to mind any woman actors in their sixties who are still playing leading roles.”

    But I’m obviously becoming more forgetful with the passing of time because, as was pointed out to me at my cross-post at The F Word, there are actually quite a few – including Karen Allen, who featured in this movie…


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