Tuesday night I went on my third date with C. We saw White House Down and grabbed a drink at Belmont Grill. Team Brewmaster made plans for round four. As always I had a good time with him– but that’s not the purpose of this post. Let’s talk about the movie.
My expectations for White House Down were not high. I wanted a fun, fast paced action flick and it certainly delivered. Despite the Capitol Hill setting I knew I’d be getting a summer blockbuster– not The West Wing— and that was fine. Yet I found myself pleasantly surprised by the protagonist’s [played by Channing Tatum] daughter. Emily Cale is sassy, precocious, and smart as a whip; best of all she’s a blogger with her own YouTube channel and is filled to the brim with historical trivia. Played by Joey King, she made the movie. Not once does anyone mention her beauty. She doesn’t utter a word about boys. The praise she generates comes from her intellect and the online presence she has created for herself. As a feminist and the parent of a daughter, I am cognizant of the role of women and girls in film. I want both of my children to see female roles with substance. Hollywood desperately needs strong characters like Emily Cale.
With infinite love, gratitude, and respect,