Damsels: Elizabeth Olsen
Elizabeth Olsen is getting very good at being the new Damsel in Distress for action movies blowing up the box office. She has yet to find her one true star-making role (Scarlet Witch in Avengers: AofU was hardly that) but if she continues to be the Chris Pratt of normal-looking women then she’s sure to be in five films per year for the next decade. I recently watched her in the 2014’s Godzilla and while her character added absolutely nothing to the plotline, she was pretty and especially convincing when she looked confusingly upwards at the CGI green screen. I hope this isn’t going to be her thing…
Oh no… her off screen gaze is pretty strong, though. Most of Godzilla is spent watching her character along with Quicksilver and Ken Watanabe looking up at the sky in amazement while the dark skies and smoke fill the screen. I don’t want this post to be about my displeasure with the film (seriously, 11 minutes of Godzilla footage?) but it’s hard for me to enjoy a movie about a married couple who do their best not to parent their child. If you’ve seen the film you may remember the main character going through any and every imaginable scenario not to return home while his wife pawns their son off on her co-worker so she can wait for her deadbeat husband to not show up when he was supposed to. The monster fights were rad though!
Olsen is by far the most well-liked of the sisterly trio as the other two have fallen off of the face of the Earth after creating a money-making scheme selling shitty products to idiots at Kmart. Lizzy, as I call her, has awed audiences with her portrayls of characters in Martha Marcy May Marlene and In Secret but I’ve only seen her performances in Godzilla, Avengers: AofU, and Oldboy so I can’t confirm whether or not she can do anything other than stare off into space while things blow up around her. Time will tell if she is able to be a real actress or the female equivalent of Mark Wahlberg.