Last week I went to see Ghostbusters (again!) with one of my besties. There is a discount theater in the Seattle area that shows movies that have left theaters but haven’t yet been released to Redbox or streaming. The theater is called the Crest and often shows an indie movie or two that didn’t get picked up by the major theaters. If you are in the Seattle area I highly encourage you to check it out. The movies are only $4 and concessions are also pretty cheap. They even serve beer and wine if you are of age (what more could a girl ask for!).
Ghostbusters is a phenomenal movie and I recommend it to everyone! It doesn’t matter if you are a fan of the first one or have never heard of Ghostbusters till you saw these fabulous ladies in their khaki jumpsuits. As with most Paul Feig movies I laughed until I cried and had an even better appreciation for women in comedy.
I talked about how much I love a good fight scene in my Luke Cage post. A fight scene is the epitome of women’s strength (obviously). Often times these women who are kicking ass in the physical sense are also emotionally and intellectually strong and intense. I think it’s important for women and young girls to see strong and awesome females. This means not only in the traditional emotional and intellectual ways, but also in the literal definition (aka kicking ass and taking names). I’ve always wanted to learn a fighting style, so I also consider this research into which sort of fighting style I would like to learn.
*There may be spoilers about some of these movies, you are warned*
This post is my top 5 favorite female fight scenes (I wish this was a category at the Oscars) counting down:
5.) Susan Cooper in Spy. Susan has quite a few BA fight scenes. My favorite was at the end when she does that move where you wrap your legs around someone’s neck and use your combined momentum to take them down. That is one of the coolest moves ever! Another note is that it is always nice to see women of different body types doing anything traditionally built women do. I couldn’t find the clip of her takedown of one of Deluca’s henchmen but this fight scene with the other woman in the kitchen is an awesome display of Susan’s abilities.
4.) Black Widow in the first Avengers movie. I love Natasha Romanov because she is a spy, fighter, diplomat (in a matter of speaking), friend, and fiercely loyal. I don’t like what they did to her character in the second Avengers movie. It was basically implied that because she can’t have children she is a monster unworthy of love. Obviously, having children is not what defines women as people or worthy of love. This scene where she is interrogated, then gets a call, and fights her way free to get on with the rest of her real assignment is just fantastic.
3.) Wonder Woman in Batman V. Superman fighting Lex Luther’s creation, Doomsday. Even though the movie is titled Batman V. Superman, Wonder Woman saved this movie for me. When she jumps in front of Batman and shields him with her bracers, all I could think was “YAS QUEEN!” Then she goes on to be fierce and intense and the only reason they defeat Doomsday. I am so ready for her movie!!!!!!
2.) Rey’s first fight scene on Jakku in the Force Awakens. Even though Rey goes on to use the force and wield a light saber, her first fight on Jakku when the scavengers try to take BB-8 from her is still my favorite. Some people have said that Rey learned everything too easy and she was able to use the force too quickly, but I would like to point out that she is a gifted fighter before she even attempts to use the force, and it makes sense that she can wield a light saber with some skill, especially given that she has the force.
1.) Holtzmann fighting a ghost horde at the end of Ghostbusters. This just gives me chills. Kate McKinnon licks her proton gun and proceeds to totally and completely defeat the horde. This scene instilled in me a forever crush on Kate McKinnon.
I haven’t finished Luke Cage yet, but I’m hoping there will be at least one totally BA fight scene for Misty Knight, who after only 3 episodes I’m already in love with.
(I do not own the rights to any of these movies, and the clips are for educational purposes only)
What are some of your favorite BA female fight scenes?