Brie Larson Calls For Change In Regards To Movie Critics

Brie Larson may not have donned the spandex quite yet when it comes to playing a superhero on the big screen, but she’s already begun playing one in real life. The 28 year old called for change when it comes to who is reviewing films, and announced that some change is already in the works.

Wednesday night at the Women in Film Los Angeles Crystal + Lucy Awards, Larson told the audience while collecting the Crystal Award for Excellence in Film that both Sundance and TIFF would ensure that “at least 20 percent of their top level press passes will go to underrepresented critics. Although it already has regional diversity outside of Canada and the U.S., it’s working towards [adding] an additional 20 percent of underrepresented voices from across the globe.”

Larson was aware that she was getting the award last night, and had decided ahead of time to dedicate her acceptance speech to something that was “really important” to her. Her decision to speak out about it was based on the USC Annenberg’s inclusivity initiative, a group that published the results of their study earlier in the week. Larson told the audience that “67 percent of the top critics reviewing the 100 highest-grossing movies in 2017 were white males; less than a quarter were white women; less than ten percent were underrepresented men. Only 2.5 percent of those top critics were women of color.” These numbers of course don’t match the US population breakdown at all. 

Larson did however go on to say that she doesn’t hate “white dudes”, but that “if you make a movie that is a love letter to a woman of color, there is an insanely low chance that a woman of color will have a chance to see your movie and review your movie.” Later on she said “we are expanding to make films that reflect the people who buy movie tickets….I do not need a 40 year-old white dude to tell me what didn’t work for him about A Wrinkle in Time. It wasn’t made for him….I want to know what my work means to the world, not a narrow view.”

What it all boils down to is that Larson is right when she said “We need to be conscious of our bias and do our part to make sure that everyone is in the room.” There are times movies just aren’t made for everyone, and not everyone will enjoy them. It’s always best to be aware of before critiquing them. 

Photo: Dick Thomas Johnson on Wikipedia

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