Fantastic Masculinity

Growing up in the 80's and 90's as a boy in Northwestern BC, I was exposed to a pretty healthy dose of macho action movie heroes. The protagonist defeated the enemies mainly through brute force, occasional cunning and almost always a combination of gunfire and explosions. Even though the hero was often flawed, riddled with personal problems and usually had a drinking problem or suicidal tendencies, they were the only ones for the job. They were the kind of guys that you didn't want around most of the time, but when it came time to 'save the world' by killing, maiming, or disabling a large number of unsympathetic bad guys, they were exactly who you wanted. And even though they were painted in a tragic light, there were still put on a strange pedestal, with no other healthier forms of masculinity on display. Action movies are slowly progressing, but even in recent movies I've watched, where there are finally strong female characters with depth and personality, and even some movies that pass the Bechdel Test*, they are still almost always movies with examples of toxic masculinity, with characters that are relying on brute force who are hot headed and afraid of their emotions.  (*The Bechdel Test is a simple test which names the following three criteria: (1) it has to have at least two women in it, (2) who talk to each other, about (3) something besides a man.)
Admittedly, I still have a soft spot for Bruce Willis, and I consider Die Hard a Christmas movie, but I was really excited when I found this video by Pop Culture Detective talking about the positive masculinity exemplified by Newt Scamander, (Eddie Redmayne), the lead character in "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them". I could write more on this, but the video says it all! Check it out:


Sincerely,

Adam.