04.18.135:05 PM ET

Out With Oz, In With Glinda

Why more male-centric fairy tales is the last thing we need.

Have you ever noticed that there are just way too many positive female role models on the silver screen? Yeah, neither have we. One writer has a bone to pick with Oz the Great and Powerful, the James Franco vehicle released last month. Megan Kearns complains that the all-star cast of actresses (Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz, and Mila Kunis) only serves to validate or pester the great and powerful James Franco, with no real journey or interiority of their own. She blames this on thinking like that of the film’s producer, Joe Roth, who told The Huffington Post “how hard it was to find a fairy tale with a good strong male protagonist.” Yes, our culture may be deluged with Disney princesses, but for every Sleeping Beauty (hardly a “good strong protagonist”), there’s a Pinocchio, or a Jack and the Beanstalk, or, for more modern audiences, a Buzz Lightyear. So why, at the end of the trailer, must the witches ask Oz, “Are you the great man we’ve been waiting for?” Have we really felt a lack of male hero figures?