Summer Blockbuster Season is Over! Bring On Oscar Season!

Meryl Streep Into the WoodsNobody is going to deny that summer blockbuster season is fun but I–and I suspect I am not alone–am looking forward to a movie season in which women aren’t just arm candy.

Fall movie season (also known as Oscar season) is great for a lot of reasons: the focus is on story and character, not CGI. If thousands of people are killed in a movie, it’s not glossed over, it’s a major plot point. And, most of all, female characters are smart and deep and complicated and really interesting.

You already know that “chick flick” is a label given to anything in which a woman is prominently featured and/or the main character. It is assumed by most that a “chick flick” has to be light and fluffy and focus on some sort of Nicholas Sparksian romantic drama. You also know that, really, chick flicks can be anything.

Sure some light and fluffy romance is great. That’s what fuels the spring movie season. But chick flicks can also be intriguing and spellbinding and magical–especially during Oscar season (the New York Times recently published a great piece on the changing roles of women in film).

Let’s take a look at the chick flicks gracing the screen this fall.

Into the Woods

Trailer for Into the Woods on TrailerAddict.

In case you’ve been living under a rock, Rob Marshall really is bringing the Broadway play Into the Woods onto the big screen and, yes, it is going to be a musical. A lot of press has been given to the fact that Johnny Depp is playing The Big Bad Wolf but did you know that Meryl Streep is playing the Witch?

If you are already familiar with the Broadway musical, you’ll understand why this is on a list of chick flicks–and it’s not just because we chicks dig musicals or other gendered stereotypes. It’s because the women are what drive this fantastic story of what happens when all of the fairy tales crash right into each other.

The Imitation Game

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Imitation Game stars Benedict Cumberbatch (a favorite of both genders) and Kiera Knightley.  It tells the story of Alan Turing and how he tried to help the British break the German Enigma Code during World War II. Kiera Knightley plays a brilliant mathematician who the surrounding characters push toward Turing as a love interest because, at the time, homosexuality was illegal in Great Britain.

Imitation Game  is already considered a frontrunner for best picture and won “The People’s Choice Award for Best Film” at the Toronto Film Festival. You can catch the trailer for it at ComingSoon.net.

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them

Trailer for The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby on TrailerAddict.

Initially this movie was two separate movies called Him and Her. The story is about a couple (Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy) who are ripped apart by a trauma and then struggle to come back to each other. Him and Her showed events from the point of view of each character respectively and was lauded all over last year’s film festival circuit. Now they’ve been edited together into a single tear jerking film. Viola Davis also stars.

Wild

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Wild tells the real story of author Cheryl Strayed, who spent a summer hiking the entire 1,100 mile Pacific Crest Trail after her mother passed away and she is struggling to recover from that loss and to shake a nearly debilitating drug and sex addiction.

The movie is based on Strayed’s memoir, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail and many are calling it the revealing of a whole new Reese Witherspoon.

Witherspoon, of course, rose to stardom in chick flicks we all love, but is now choosing to use her stardom for other things. Wild is surely a sign of what’s to come and we can’t wait to see it.

These are just some of the great “chick flicks” due out this fall. Which movies are you most looking forward to seeing on the big screen?
This post was written by Beck Wilcox. Becky is a mother and entrepreneur.  Originally from the east, she now lives on the west coast.  Becky enjoys writing about health, fitness, and anything else that sparks her interest!