Some discussion points to think of while you watch:
- How does this film show the link between identity and physical form?
- Are there any differences in the body types and how masculine their character is?
- The body as object – how are male vs female bodies objectified differently?
- Would the film change if the gender roles were reversed?
- What difference are there in the types of actions/dialogue in the male vs female characters?
- How does the male body type affect the character and the perception of that character by others?
- How does the physical body influence identity for a character, or the audience perception of that character?
- How is costume used to present the male figure?
- How does the film treat disability with respect to identity and masculinity?
- What masculine stereotypes exist in this film?
- Does the male form become more fetishized by being presented in an alien form?
- Does animating characters change the way in which an audience looks at a character? (i.e. changes in gaze duration, comfort level, how the camera shows the body vs a real one)
Screening Related Topics & Reading
The Evolution of the ‘Perfect’ Hero Body
Over the last 60 years, on-screen superheroes have reflected America’s changing ideals for men’s physiques.
Supermanhood: Geek Guys and Hypermasculinity in Superhero Movies
It is essentially male bonding or friendship-building by way of violence and it usually elicits wild cheers from audiences. It’s a plot point that I think should at least raise questions regarding the kinds of behavior being modeled for men about male relationships and communication.