TW/CW: This movie features themes of not centering the male as the savior of womanhood and mankind. If you feel that watching a fictitious film based on aliens from another universe will shatter the comfort of your patriarchal worldview, there is help available for you.
Talk to your mom today.
Directed by Dan Trachtenberg and written by Trachtenberg and Patrick Aison, the film follows a young woman of the Comanche Nation 300 years ago. Naru, played by Amber Midthunder, is a powerhouse phenom, with an absolutely stellar performance alongside Dakota Beavers as her brother, Taabe. Don’t think I forgot my favorite superstar, Sarii — a very, very good girl named Coco.
This film’s heart lies with characters we can love and actually cheer on to succeed. I know, right! I’m sure you are all familiar with the film’s premise by now, but here’s a quick summary for you au cas où – Naru struggles to gain acceptance as she journeys to become a warrior, despite her natural tracking skills and the guidance from her older warrior brother, Taabe. She is, though, an incredibly gifted healer, and it becomes evident that these skills are why she has been able to wander alone and hold her own ground.
Now enter badass, scary, killing-machine alien come to Earth to…well…this is where my horror heart is filled with all the blood, gore, and action a little girl could ever hope for. The tension, the fighting, the hide-and-seeking…it’s a word, look it up! It’s all just so glorious. Go watch it already, or head over to my couch to watch it again with me. Drink your hateraid if you didn’t enjoy it. As for me, all I have to say is…actually all I have to sing is —
🎶 “I like it, I love it, I want some more of it.” 🎶