The Lord of the Rings criticized for not passing the Bechdel test

Peter Jackson films receive negative reviews.

The trilogy of The Lord of the Rings directed by Peter Jackson is one of the great achievements of world cinematography, a fantastic adaptation that at the time received the best comments and recognition. But times change little by little and from time to time disputes or criticisms arise around the themes or other situations treated by the film. A new article from AV club review movies the Lord of the Rings to have few women and almost none interacting with one another, hopelessly failing the famous Bechdel test.

It should be noted that the Bechdel test is used to measure the differences between the sexes in series or films according to three simple criteria. To succeed, two women must appear on the screen, they must talk to each other and the subject must in no way be linked to men. The movies of The Lord of the Rings They barely have women in the lead roles (Arwen, Galadriel and Eowyn) and you never see them sharing scenes. Only once does Eowyn “speak” with another woman but it is the rescued girl who takes refuge in Meduseld’s castle after escaping Saruman’s hosts. AV club He is candid with his descriptions:

All of the male characters get big, beefy roles, while the women are largely relegated to the sidelines except for a few scenes. When women are in a scene, it is usually only in relation to the human, dwarf, elf, and hobbit men around them.

The truth is that even in JRR Tolkien’s books, women don’t have much participation. Arwen is barely mentioned as the daughter of the High Lord of Rivendell and in the end looks more like a “prize” that Aragorn won for his ascension to the throne of Gondor, with barely any interaction with the hobbits. Galadriel and Éowyn have a greater impact, with the former winning the hearts of the community in Lothlórien and the latter taking a more active role in the Battle of the Pelennor Fields.

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power has a premiere scheduled for September 2, 2022. Little hope that this adaptation will be able to surpass the trilogy of jackson but they keep the idea of ​​something exceptional; we just hope it doesn’t become another generic fantasy product that has taken over the entertainment industry in recent years and has trivialized the genre so much. You can read the official synopsis for the series below:

Set thousands of years before the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, this epic drama will take viewers back to a time when great powers rose, kingdoms rose to glory and fell to ruin. Unexpected heroes were put to the test, hope suspended by the finest threads, and the greatest villain to ever spring from Tolkien’s pen threatened to engulf the entire world in darkness. Beginning in a time of relative peace, the series follows a cast of characters, both familiar and new, as they come to terms with the dreaded reappearance of evil in Middle-earth.

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