One thing that strikes me about movies about women who became the firsts in their fields is how incurious the stories are about their talents. The incredible thing a movie like #TheImitationGame
did so well that biopics like #OnTheBasisofSex
(and last year’s #BattleoftheSexes
) should also have done was to highlight why their subject is brilliant. That’s not to discount their struggles like the intense homophobia Alan Turing faced but it’s profoundly more interesting to me the viewer to learn how his creative thinking and intelligence uniquely helped the Americans win the war. Every biopic subject needs a deep #ABeautifulMind
-like dive into their genius — I want to see the goddamn chalk on the glass. I would rather watch RBG’s mind at work (I don’t care if she’s equal or better than the boys; how does she interpret the law in ways that no one else can?) or how talented Billie Jean King is on court (what did she do that’s as signature as Federer’s swing?) than to see yet again a woman defined by her oppression.