In the last few years, women have made a big splash in the cinema world. Once portrayed as helpless damsels in distress, women have stepped up and made it known that they are much more than that, in both movies and life. The year 2015 was a special landmark for female main characters as actresses of all shapes and sizes claimed the leading role in more than just a handful of films. Below we explore some of the greatest examples of female main characters from recently released films.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 stars Jennifer Lawrence, a fan favorite among men and women viewers alike. Lawrence plays Katniss Everdeen, a determined teen who is out to lead a revolution against the perverse dystopia created by those in power. The movie is packed full of action scenes in which Lawrence uses her mental and physical strength to best even the most cunning, most intimidating of enemies, most of whom are men. The entire Hunger Games series, both as books and as movies, revitalized the idea that female main characters can prove to just as tough, if not tougher, than their male counterparts. Right on, JLaw!
Comedienne Amy Schumer has made quite a name for herself over the past year as an intelligent and humorous young woman. Schumer, who got her start as a student at Towson University, has worked tirelessly to promote women’s rights as comedians and as actors. The movie, Trainwreck, hilariously details a fictitious account of Schumer’s romantic and personal life. Although she faces intense struggles in the movie, Schumer never loses her humor or her lovely down-to-earth personality. She epitomizes what female main characters should be: independent and authentic.
The animated film that took the world by storm, Inside Out features two amazing female main characters. One of those is Riley, the girl whose mind the audience gets a peek inside of, and Joy, the happy fairy emotion who represents all things happy in Riley’s life. Riley, a pre-teen who is forced to move across the country to California, is faced with more adversity than most; she needs to fit into her new west coast school, find a place to play hockey in California, and continue to be the good girl she has always been while handling the confusion of becoming a teenager. Joy, on the other hand, works endlessly to keep Riley happy, to preserve her happiest memories that make up the essence of the bubbly Riley. Both females in this movie prove that showing your emotions is not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength. You go girls!
Room was one of the most powerful movies of late. Its protagonist, Brie Larson, won an Oscar for best actress thanks to this film. In this drama, Brie Larson plays Joy Newsome, a woman who was kidnapped as a teen and has been held by her captor for seven years. During that time, she had a son, Jack, for whom she does everything she can to protect him and educate him despite their dismal situation. Larson’s raw emotion and determination to never give up are what make her one of the most powerful female main characters the film world has seen in a long time.