Happy Belated Mother’s day to all the moms out there, and to the single parents who have to be both mom and dad. I know its hard work. With Mother’s Day in mind, I thought about films with Mothers as the main characters, or major to the story. Since my tastes venture towards science fiction and fantasy, don’t take the list as definitive or perfect. It’s just some films that fit the criteria for today.
The Mummy Returns: In this sequel, Rachel Weiss played Evie O’Connell, archeologist, librarian, wife, and mother. In the first Mummy, Evie was a lot more naive, a bit of a klutz, and funny. In Returns, she is a part of a family dynamic. Evie, along with her family helps dispatch one nasty mummy and his allies. She’s cool because she gets in the thick of things and fights. It isn’t a deep film, and very action driven, but I think Evie really holds her own, and she’s an active member of the team. She’s also a Mom who wants her son, back, will save the world (again), and I can’t help but love the character for it.
Aliens: It’s another sequel, but a good one. In Aliens, Sigourney Weaver play Ellen Ripley, the surveyor of a Xenomoph encounter. The alien killed her crew, and proved to be tenacious enough to find a way to survive destruction, while doing some serious murder mayhem. I love Ripley because she’s a survivor and she’s willing to face down vicious creatures that haunts her dreams. It’s revealed, in Aliens that Ripley is a mother who outlives her daughter, and later becomes a surrogate mom to Newt. When she goes to rescue Newt from getting a face hugger, she really put aside her own fears to take on something that could have killed all of them.
Terminator 2: Judgement Day: Also a sequel. Linda Hamilton plays Sarah Connor, one bad ass mom who’s the target of one Artificial Intelligence so vicious, it sent a robot back in time to kill her before she can give birth to a human savior. In this sequel, Sarah took to the offensive, and in the process is deemed insane (and destructive). She’s gone through some transformations in the sequel. She’s not a victim, she’s the aggressor, and she’s willing to kill to prevent the future from happening. She is also a mother who wants to save her son. He, for a while, thinks his mom is nuts.
Kill Bill Vol 1 & 2: The Bride/Beatrix Kiddo (Uma Thurman) is a vengeance seeking force in this film. She was also a bride to be, and carrying a baby before she got her nasty beat down. She’s not the only mom in this film. Vernita Green (Vivica A. Fox) is on the Bride’s hitlist, and is also a mom. These two fight so hardcore that it’s both impressive, and scary. The Bride lays down a lot of of violence and revenge in her path to the ultimate culprit, and in that she she discovers her own child is still alive. Aside: while the Bride goes about dispensing some gore and death, there is a funny spanking scene that I think only a mother could dispense.
Mommie Dearest: This film’s nowhere near the best example of motherhood or adoption by far. In this biopic, Faye Dunaway plays Joan Crawford as an actress who’s quite insane. The over the top antics are a better example of narcissism and mental illness inflicted upon the children with great parental indifference to child abuse. Needless to say, darkly entertaining, campy, and creepy. Seriously, I’ve only seen one person freak out over wire hangers in real life, and she never saw the movie. The rest of us did, and had that same WTF look over our faces. Some things stick with us, like an evil mom’s pet peeves.
Star Wars Revenge of the Sith: Speaking of bad mommies, poor Padme (Natalie Portman) really doesn’t have what it takes for a secret marriage and parenthood. First Anakin breaks her heart, then he force chokes her. After she has her babies she looses the will to live. I get the heartbreak, but the will to live, and defending her abusive husband with her dying breath while her kids will be parentless really takes the cake. Bad, bad mom. In many ways the film was about Anakin’s his inability to force people to fit into the mold he tried to stuff them into. Poor Padme started off strong-willed, bold, and impressive. I could see the attraction. What I don’t get is how she became so co-dependent and weak.