This is a quick blog on “District 9” – A friend of mine on Facebook who works for a large (OK Very Large) Studio commented that no females she knows liked the movie. It spawned some interesting thoughts and I wanted to share them.
First of all, I thought the film was not only action packed, but also very emotional! I thought that the synergies between the treatment of refugees in real life and the alien’s in the movie drew an emotional connection with the audience…. A father’s drive to protect and care for a son… prejudice and segregation against those which we don’t understand…. The themes were layered and brought out in a way I haven’t seen without the use of a crutch that most of these core emotional drivers (in Film, or war) such as religion are usually relied on. Great film, fantastic marketing rollout, they understood the audience, but you (my friend) are right – by having a stronger female lead (Christopher perhaps in a motherly role???) it might engage both sexes on a deeper level. Perhaps Christopher should have had a wife protecting the little prawn and that should have been the partner rather that the other one that got killed.
Lots of action… what do you think? Please share some comments!
Here is the question… How could the film have engaged females and still delivered the storyline and had the impact it did for the male (and likely – Target) audience? (or did it engage the female audience?)
By the way – I loved the film. 100% it delivered for me.