Lucy, Hercules, and the Myths About Female-Led Movies
According to its audience, Scarlett Johansson’s ass-kicker action movie Lucy isn’t all that good at a Rotten Tomatoes rating of just 45%. Our own Cameron Ward gave it a 3 out of 5. “There to entertain” rather than anything else, it’s nevertheless proven itself a giant at the box office, wiping the floor with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s Hercules to the tune of $94 million worldwide – and that’s with Lucy only a week into its UK release. The story itself isn’t too much to look at, and neither is Johansson’s character (though her own charisma is ever present). As LA Weekly would have it, if you love female-led movies, don’t support this one.
But is that a useful sentiment to lead with? It’s true that the vacuous action of Lucy, where the character’s strength lies in her arms rather than her heart, isn’t anywhere near the end game we should be aiming for; but all that one-note thinking reflects the cold, hard facts of one-note box office numbers. The cold, hard fact to take away is that Lucy has blown her competition out of the water whilst Hollywood is still living ten years in the past, griping over box office flops like Elektra and Catwoman. The wheels of the movie machine have, it seems, ground slower that the audiences coming to see them.
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