2015 was an incredible year for movies with great titles in all genres showcasing the heroism, humor, and bravery of white men. We’re calling it–2015 was the year of white men in film. It’s about time we had our day. Here are the Whiskey Journal staff’s top picks of the year:
Matt Damon’s masterful portrayal of a competent, likable white man drove one of the year’s best films! We loved how everyone cared whether the white man was okay and tried to help him. We also thought it was a great touch that the producers hired white men to write and direct the movie–it’s about time Hollywood let white men tell their own story. Why so many women and browns in NASA, though?
The Big Short
While the comedy was great and gave a much-needed vehicle for white male actors, we were disappointed by the negative way this film depicted the white men who caused the 2008 financial crisis. It also struck us as an odd casting decision to have a black woman portray Steve Carell’s supervisor, when that was a perfect opportunity for Hollywood to show that white men can be upper management in major companies, too!
The Hateful Eight
Quentin Tarantino’s latest genre-bending masterpiece features no fewer than five white men in the titular “hateful eight!” Leave it to the maverick Tarantino to cast a majority of white men in a major Hollywood film. A big risk, but it pays off big time. Here’s hoping it starts a trend!
Mad Max: Fury Road
It goes to show that even in a world run by dynamic, powerful women, white men make their voices heard! A lot of audiences focused on Charlize Theron’s electrifying Furiosa, but we love that writer-director George Miller cast nearly every other character, from Max, Immortan Joe, Nux, and more, as white men! Who says action movies can’t be progressive?
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
While we didn’t actually see this movie, we can safely assume after watching the trailer that Rogue Nation is a melodrama about the plight of the white American spy. After being denied entry onto an Airbus A400M, a racially-profiled Ethan Hunt (played by white man Tom Cruise, finally landing a starring role) was forced to cling to the side of the moving airplane while minority and female passengers drank mimosas and took turns mooning him. You’ll need tissues for this tear jerker, probably!
The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron
We loved this whiz-bang action spectacular, especially for featuring white men as powerful saviors that prevent planetary ruin! White Man Joss Whedon even made the bold choice to cast nonhuman characters Ultron and Vision, who could have been any race or gender, as white men! If there was one gripe, it’s why does one of the white men have to turn into a green man to be powerful? Can’t we have a movie that tells white men they don’t have to change to be strong? Luckily, there’s plenty of white male characters who prove that white men can be heroes!
Straight Outta Compton
Paul Giamatti shines as NWA’s hero manager Jerry Heller in this epic biopic about a white man who shapes a group of black men into the international success we know today. It’s inspiring to see the true story of a white man’s invaluable contribution to hip-hop history.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Everyone at The Whiskey Journal was excited for a return to form for Star Wars, including the series’ trademark of wall-to-wall white men from start to finish, but there was definitely a girl and a brown for, like, most of the time! A good film, but a real missed opportunity, we think. Was Oscar Isaac white? Hard to tell with that guy.
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