Lara Croft Gender Themes

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The task that has been given to me for this critique is to talk about three key concepts that were used in these two films, “Lara Croft: The Tomb Raider” and “The piano”. I am to discuss the attitudes towards the gender roles that are in both time-lines of these films and the way in which these notions of gender are made and shaped by the historic and economic events. Both roles in the films are seen as completely different, Lara Croft as a highly intelligent and beautiful women, she’s described as a rich English girl who ventures into ancient tombs and ruins around the world. Ada as a female in the 1950’s who has an arranged marriage by her father; she is placed in this vulnerable, feminine position where she is used for profit by her own…show more content…
She is an English archaeologist, treasure/hunter and tomb raider. Born into a wealthy family, Lara isn’t interested in jewellery and fast cars; she finds it boring and a waste of her time. She’s more interested in the secrets of the past and untold legends of the world. The producers of this game have traditionally been very explicit in their exclusive targeting audience, which are the dominant male audience. The first body image of Lara croft was to grab the attention of males not women, for the male gaze, since it became so popular with genders, most developers decided to cut down on the “sexy” body image and focus more on her personality, because not only males were interested in the character, but females as well after the film Lara Croft: Tomb Raider realised. Tomb raider has matured over the years adapting to its cross-platform audience and has become gender neutral, because there are some individuals who find the character of Lara croft offending. The audience of Lara Croft is described as cross platform audience, bringing two different types of audiences from the game which are dominantly male and audiences form the film which have mix variety of genders. The 2003 film of Lara Croft (portrayed by Angelina Jolie) brought back Lara’s sex appeal, but also kept that special personality of her, keeping…show more content…
Restricting her rights as a woman and is used by her father as profit, to gain land in New Zealand. Although she is forced into a marriage to a man she never knew, Ada is then shown through the film as this strong independent woman and she is seen as a dream of what every feminist want to be. But compared to Lara Croft she is not wealthy or athletic, she doesn’t have the freedoms that Lara Croft has. Both clothing’s of Lara Croft and Ada are completing different, Ada is subjected to ware this out stretched hooped skirt that overwhelmingly covering her whole body and Lara wares a (black or white) tank top, shorts and leather boots. If you compare them, both characters are entirely different; this may be because of the different timelines there inn. Ada film was based in the 1950s which was often viewed as a period of obedience, when both men and women followed strict gender roles and complied with society’s expectation and laws. Lara Croft was in a time line of freedom and equality for women, her time line offered her more freedom and rights for women then Adas time
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