Spoiler Warning: Lucy
Trigger Warning: Discussion of fictional racialized violence. I would add a pretty huge consent and body autonomy tw, too, if you watch the movie. I talk about it some here, but don’t go into much detail.
Image: Lucy poster, from IMDB.com
When Lucy was first announced and the trailers started coming out, I heard a lot of different opinions from people. Some people were excited, even saw the fact that the protagonist is female, rather than male, as a wonderful move for feminism. Some were decrying it for racism. Some were just excited about Scarlet Johansen and the fact that this could lead to a Black Widow movie from Marvel.
And some pointed out that the movie has exactly zero basis in actual science.
As the release date drew near, I had to make a decision: should I go see it in theaters, and give money to a movie that I was pretty sure would be racist, in order to talk about its content, or should I avoid it. I decided to go for the first option, so that I could either recommend the movie or not.
I have a lot of things to say, but let me sum them up:
I didn’t like it. I can see how it would be a fun popcorn movie, but between the racism, sexism, and crappy science, I didn’t really enjoy it. It had a few entertaining lines, and some very pretty scenes, but to be honest I found the whole movie pretty terrible–even without the problematic content.
More depth (and spoilers) below: