#metoo vs. movies

Happy New Year!

I just watched Burlesque for the second time in my life. My first time was when I was eleven. It was a good movie then, but I didn’t understand what was going on then as well.

Let’s get the criticism on my mind the most out of my head first. I think the writers should have made Ali a bit more arrogant, and then have had her demolished for it in the 2nd half of the film, and then struggle up triumphantly for the third. But that’s just me.

But what I really liked about the movie was Ali’s entrepreneurial, go getter attitude. She doesn’t wait to be hired by a bar, she just goes and starts waiting tables. She doesn’t wait for Tess to find a solution, she goes and gets one herself. She doesn’t cry when her money is stolen by someone else from her apartment, she goes and…stays with a friend and then later boyfriend? Either way, she’s a go getter, and she’s no victim.

Another thing I really liked about the movie was that it followed the storyline of The Hero’s Journey, by Joseph Campbell. One of the more striking differences between The Hero’s Journey and Burlesque is that Burlesque is all about the world of women, whereas the hero’s journey is usually about men. And I think the female success story isn’t presented very often in Hollywood, or at least I haven’t been paying attention to them. So good job Burlesque for showing how women can be heroes too.

Alright, that’s all for now. I’m going to watch Burlesque again because I love it soo much, so see you later.

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