Nobody likes a complainer nag on and on on an issue – the person being a man or a woman. The same can be said about the film THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING that at first goes on and on at how women are mis-represented and how they have been ignored, less abused, with the film industry targeted. Fortunately, the film switches in the last 30 minutes to show how changes have been implemented. The film turns encouraging and crowd pleasing (to both genders).
But what is most strikingly visible is the fact that this doc that complains about the minority of women in the directing field has enlisted a male to direct what basically is a woman’s film. The fact goes against not only what the film stands for but against total logic.
The doc neglects to consider other fields with women in the employ to get a better perspective of the situation of women in industry. The doc also fails to note the advances of the progress that has been made. It does mention that Kathryn Bigelow is finally the first female to win the director’s Academy Award for THE HURT LOCKER in over a century but instead of losing at it as progress, bitches about it The doc could do very well to tout the fact that women also excel in certain areas and that theses days the ratio of female themed or made film to their male counterparts has steadily been increasing. A good example of similar themed female vs. males films are BOOKSMART and GOOD BOYS. BOOKSMART about two female high school girls was funnier, raunchier with superior comedic set-pieces and cinematography than the male teen Seth Rogen collaboration GOOD BOYS.
One wonders what the purpose of the doc is. The under-representation of women in the film industry is already a known fact, but whatever seems to be done appears insufficient. Aside of the fact that the director of this doc is male, THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING would be considered a good film if it does a few things. Firstly, it must convince the audience that the under-representation of women in the film industry exists and is a danger if not corrected. The doc must also anger audiences to act towards the change.
The ‘This’ in the film title is accomplished by actress Geena Davis (THE ACCIDENTAL TOURIST, THELMA AND LOUISE). She founded the Geena Davis Institute and commissioned a two-year study, he first of tis kind on the subject. Davis used to address the issue on film meetings, when told that the problem is known and something has already been done about it. The important study shows otherwise. “Females are not properly represented in kids’ films” was one of the findings. An example is Disney’s FINDING NEMO when all the fish voices were done by men. And in her won words which is 100% true in all case of prejudice, If the bias is unconscious, it is therefore present and the most harmful.
Understandably, the film’s climax takes in hot issue of the Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment case. The case is the perfect example of Hollywood gone wrong now being in correction mode.
THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING ends up an insightful look at the injustice done to women in the film industry particularly by the major film studios, with Disney and Paramount Pictures singled out. Yes, there has been progress (take for example last week’s new film releases: Out of 6, one of which is neutral – a doc on the environment, three were female based) but still much work needs to be done.