For lack of anything better to watch, we saw The Equaliser last week. Several completely unrelated things made this movie worse than it really was for me;
– Emma Watsons’ speech on gender equality to the United Nations
– reading Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
– Being female , period.
Denzel feels sorry for a young prostitute and decides to take matters into his own hands (because clearly she can’t ? ). He feels sorry for her for about ten seconds before jabbing a corkscrew into a Russian’s neck. We soon forget why he was equalising anything in the first place and just watch him beating people up.
It all ends in a messy final scene set in a DIY store where everything can and will kill you given the chance or ‘On’ button.
This weekend is the release of Gone Girl , which will hopefully see the gender tables turn a smidgeon. Strongly recommend you read the book before seeing the movie. This way you will be guaranteed disappointment .