How ‘The Old Guard’ Avoided the ‘Sexy Catfight’ Movie Trope

by Jeremy Spirogis
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The Old Guard is a 2020 Netflix film directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood. Prince-Bythewood is definitely the primary Black lady in Hollywood historical past to helm an enormous motion movie. The Old Guard, which is about fierce immortal warriors making an attempt to avoid wasting the world, stars Charlize Theron. But the whole solid of characters is far more numerous than many huge blockbuster films. That’s a part of what drew the previous Love and Basketball director, Prince-Bythewood, to The Old Guard comedian books (which served because the supply materials for the Netflix movie). She additionally made a choice to painting the main feminine characters in a nuanced trend — fairly than as objects of the male gaze.

Gina Prince-Bythewood, director of the Netflix film ‘The Old Guard’, wished to painting her principal characters in a manner that was true to the feminine expertise

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KiKi Layne and Charlize Theron in The Old Guard | Aimee Spinks/Netflix

In an interview with Wired, Prince-Bythewood wished to painting a unique sort of feminine character than we frequently see in big-budget motion flicks.

“I always wanted to focus on their athleticism and skill, never on their sexuality. Never let it be a sexy catfight,” the Old Guard director mentioned. Expanding on that thought, she shared:

I additionally wished to remain true to the truth that they had been ladies, and never simply create the identical sort of choreography I might for a person. Is Nile going to choose Andy up and throw her throughout a airplane? No. Women have a unique kind of power. It’s about how she’s throwing punches, and at what a part of the physique.

However, a few of Prince-Bythewood’s private favourite scenes don’t have any motion or violence concerned. For instance, the second the place Nile is driving up the elevator.

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Gina Prince-Bythewood at WonderCon 2018 | Araya Diaz/Getty Images

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“It is such a heroic moment,” she informed Wired. “We stayed on a Black female character for 15 floors to marinate in what it was for Nile to be making that decision, to accept who she is, and go and save the day.”

Prince-Bythewood needs to see extra range in casting in future films

A giant a part of what drew the Old Guard filmmaker to the venture within the first place was the “organic diversity” within the supply materials.

“… the normalcy of the diversity within the film is the way I see the world,” Prince-Bythewood defined. “I would love others to see that world as well.”

Because, as she defined, it’s completely different for Black ladies, who’re much less represented in mass media. The Old Guard director shared:

Little boys get to see 100 completely different variations of themselves because the hero. Women have so few, and black ladies even fewer. There’s an ideal batch of films popping out this 12 months with Black Widow and Wonder Woman 1984 and Mulan. I need extra ladies in movies on the heart, not as a love curiosity or sidekick or an afterthought.

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Matthias Schoenaerts, Charlize Theron, and Luca Marinelli in The Old Guard | Aimee Spinks/Netflix

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The Love and Basketball filmmaker believes that films and tv can have an effect on the best way we see ourselves.

“The more we make it normal, the more it will start to affect the way the world behaves,” Prince-Bythewood mentioned.

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