Sick of these types of films? You're not the only one. The cinema is notorious for making women out to be helpless and defeated by one man and then only able to overcome all obstacles with the push and love from another. It’s sad and unrealistic. Though movies are expected to take viewers away from their reality, they are also expected to portray many elements of reality. Women, have been watching pathetic versions of themselves on the big screen for long enough.
Would a romantic movie no longer be romantic if the female lead made her dreams come true completely on her own in years of solitude and possibly even impermanent dating before she fell in love forever? Would these "drama" films that claim to feature an independent woman be any less dramatic or appealing if the leading lady struggled and fought through life like the men did in their "action" films? Just imagine “Bourne Identity” with a women and Matt Damon simply costars.
Can we as viewers even imagine certain films with a female lead? Would she be as determined and hard working? Or would she cling to her past relationship until someone else came along and told her to push forward? Is it just too far fetched for directors to imagine women living a happy life without a man and a family involved?
Love and happily ever after do exist but there needs to be more female films where it is not abnormal for the female to stay single and help herself. We should start seeing equally proportioned films in which the female leads live and build a life alone just as well as the male leads do. Love and sex can be thrown into the mix just as they would in a male action film. No woman needs to stop living for a man or start living because of a man. Reality has this. It’s time the cinema does too.