Brad Bird all but confirmed as "Mission: Impossible IV" director
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May 1 2012, 04:21 AM
Re: Brad Bird all but confirmed as "Mission: Impossible IV" director
If you're saying there's a pattern of marginalization or objectification of the female leads, I don't see how you could possibly think M:I III fits into that. After all,
in the climax of the film, Ethan is taken completely out of the action -- is, in fact, clinically dead -- and it's his wife who not only saves his life but single-handedly delivers the final defeat to the villain. So in the climactic minutes of the film, she becomes the hero who saves the day and he becomes the helpless love interest in need of rescue. It's a complete reversal of the traditional hero/damsel relationship and a brilliant subversion of the very same gender-role formula that you're talking about. That's one of the things I love the most about that film. And the fact that Cruise was willing to step aside and let someone else be the hero at the end gives me a lot of respect for him as a professional (leaving aside the matter of his personal life).
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