Needless to say, I’m having a fun first time.
My approach to this raunchy, month-long festival of blood, boobs, and violence is to hit every category with a female-directed film. Because a lot of the categories cater to older genres, this hasn’t been an easy task...but it’s coming along. And I’m cheating a little bit...but who doesn’t? The fun of this challenge is getting to see movies that are not at all what I would normally tune into, the most recent of these being Rachel Talalay’s Tank Girl.
But man...Tank Girl was like a trip down memory lane...if that lane was listening to L7 and tripping on mushrooms. In my doesn’t-really-like-comic-book-movies-biased opinion, I think Tank Girl did really well what Deadpool was trying to do; she’s funny and crass without just delivering a stand up routine in spandex. (Not to hate too much on Deadpool, I laughed a lot, but—we have to be honest with ourselves—it wasn’t a movie). It also paid some serious homage to the source material in its editing style as well as has enough of its own plot to be refreshing and independent of the comics. I know some Tank Girl loyalists are cursing my name because her “real” story isn’t quite like it is in the movie, but I’m not going to get into that here…
So let’s do it already: the year is 2033 and things aren’t going too well in all things human survival. The earth has turned into a dry, barren wasteland and all water is controlled by a corporate government called Water & Power. As per movie canon, whenever you’ve got a totalitarian style government—especially one that makes a habit of capturing little girls and sucking the water out of people’s blood—there’s always a group of rebel rousers ready to stick it to the man. And Tank Girl (Lori Petty) and Jet Girl (Naomi Watts) are the perfect women for the job. They’re smart and funny, quick thinking and fierce in a world dominated by parodied patriarchal figures. The plot in and of itself is pretty basic, if you’ve seen literally any other dystopian movie with a crust punk flavored rebellion, then there’s not much new structurally. Minus mutant kangaroo people... and the weirdest musical number set in a brothel you’ll ever see...
It’s got similar vibes to Batman Returns or even Blade Runner at times. I admire so much that the movie isn’t trying to be anything other than exactly what it is: a girl-power-fueled movie about a sometimes gross, always awesome heroine and her friend. The girls never talk about romantic interests, they are intimate like real friends are, and they’re just a cool couple of characters to hang out with. This is something that last years “feminist” dystopian movie, Mad Max: Fury Road did not do. Notice the purposeful use of quotation marks in the last sentence…
Though I've never seen TANK GIRL, my love for Lori Petty knows no bounds. I'll check out TANK GIRL on apocalypse day.ReplyDelete
My love for Tank Girl is boundless. The movie is waaaaay uneven and weird, but it completely obliterated the boys-only action club in a way that (Fury Road possibly excepted) has never been entirely repeated. No female-centered action movie, to my knowledge, has combined the badass with the unrelenting FUN you speak of.ReplyDelete
Boys get to be funny and ridiculous and capable and badass at the same time. Edgar Wright's boys, Jack Burton, Han Solo, etc. But none of the girls have been allowed to be.
I love this movie so much it's ridiculousReplyDelete
SJW article writing has made it to F This Movie... sad day...ReplyDelete
So have asshole trolls. Even sadder day.Delete