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When I said we could do better I specifically meant that in the sense that fantastic as mako is there is only ONE OF HER. This film still utterly fails the Bechdale test. Also Mako is still the support and it is ultimately the white guy who saves the day.
Yeah, I wish we had more Mako’s too.
Ahh, the Bechdel test. Personally, I don’t believe in using it because it is an incredibly flawed way of determining whether a movie is feminist-friendly or not. It’s great if a movie passes the test, but just because it does, is no indication of whether a movie has feminist elements.
There are many exceptions to the Bechdel test, one of which is the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy. And we have strong female characters in that. Eowyn, Galadriel, Arwen, etc. (Not to mention Tauriel, whose going to be in the upcoming Hobbit movie.)
There are a lot of films that discuss the idea of women working in a male-dominated environment and who still possess agency through that or work toward reclaiming it. Have you ever seen The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo? There are so many themes dealing with misogyny and the movie didn’t pass the Bechdel test. Does it mean that Lisbeth wasn’t a feminist character or that the movie didn’t contain feminist themes? Um…no.
(The book was different, but I digress.)
Mako didn’t save the day? How about the part where the entire theme of Pacific Rim was people—in fact, humanity—banding together to save the world? Raleigh literally told her that all he had to do was fall, which anyone could do. Mako’s arc was done.
Mako was a central character. She had her own arc and her own story and she had agency! I’m not sure how this flies over everyone’s heads.
"White guy saving the day" yeah because Stacker’s sacrifice had absolutely nothing to do with it.