Girl Week Blogathon

Girl Week: Augusta, Louise and Mad (The Keeping Room (2014))

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Three women who deserve a spot amongst my Girl Week entries are Augusta, Louise and Mad of the intense The Keeping Room.

These three ladies, played by Brit Marling, Hailee Steinfeld and Muna Otaru respectively, are left to defend their home during the American Civil War. The story picks up late during the War until which point they have managed to take care of themselves. This all changes with the arrival of two Union Army scouts that have been sent out ahead of the main field. These scouts, however, are nothing but rogue soldiers who have other things on their mind. The movie that unfolds is the life and death defense against these brutal men, played by Sam Worthington and Kyle Soller.

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A lighter moment…

I admire the three women. It can’t be an easy task looking after a homestead while the men and boys are out at war. Over-and-above that, they also have to worry about being in the crossfire and the other difficulties that the War brings their way. If this isn’t enough, they now have to deal with Moses and Henry. But they do it well. It is amazing the strength one gets when body and home are threatened. And amazing how, when it comes down to this, social standings mean nothing (Augusta and Louise are sisters and Mad is their slave, or should I say “was”). Louise takes some time to adjust to this idea but ultimately realises that it is of no importance. What matters is that they stick together and by doing so become equals, each with her own skills, feelings and experiences, thus fulfilling a critical role to them all.

I found myself on the edge of my seat as these brave women did everything they possibly could, sometimes with heart-breaking consequences, to make it out alive. For me, a really good movie with three incredible ladies.

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Girl Week: Kat Stratford (10 Things I Hate About You (1999))

girlweek10thingsThe third girl (I hope you also feel she’s the main protagonist here) to have a go for Girl Week is Kat Stratford. The shrew of Padua High School.

Briefly, the story is that newbie in school Cameron (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) wants to date popular Bianca Stratford (Larisa Oleynik) BUT, she is only allowed to date if her unpopular sister Kat (Julia Stiles) dates. And that’s the tricky part. Kat does NOT date, she does NOT go to prom, she does NOT conform. So starts the task of hiring Patrick Verona (Heath Ledger) the school’s very bad boy (you should hear all the things he’s been thought to have done) to take Kat to the prom. With such a tough sister, only the toughest guy is brave enough. As with most of these movies, I’m sure you know what the ending is – but, I like this version. And, I like Kat – she has so much oomph.

She’s independent, doesn’t conform to peer pressure and definitely doesn’t do something just because it is expected of her. But, she she does actually have a nice, soft side and deep down is still like most teens her age, she just doesn’t show it outwardly. And for good reason. Believe it or not, she too was once like all the stereotypical teenagers at Padua High wanting the hot guy. Only, things didn’t go quite as planned, hence she’s learnt her lesson.

I enjoy watching Julia Stiles in the right role and for me, she works as Kat. So, while this is a “teen” movie, it is one of those that I don’t mind watching again and again when the mood strikes. Even the spin-off series works well. Although, you just need to adjust your mind from Julia Stiles to Lindsey Shaw and from Heath Ledger to Ethan Peck. But they work just as well.

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