Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Beneath Its Shell

Last month, Scott Mendelson declared Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles “one of the more gender-progressive mainstream movies of 2014” due its portrayal of reporter April O’Neil (played by Megan Fox):

“April O‘Neil doesn’t have a love interest at the start of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or at the end of it. Her primary narrative goal is to be taken seriously as a journalist and rise up the ranks of her chosen profession. She has relationships with other females of the both the personal (her roommate, played by Abby Elliott) and professional (her boss, played by Whoopi Goldberg), and does not end up as a bound-and-gagged hostage in the third act. She is a female lead in a generic blockbuster movie where her gender is all-but-irrelevant in the film. That’s something that should be less worthwhile, so for the moment it merits mention when it does occur.”

(Image: Megan Fox as April O’Neil, Paramount Pictures)

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