Zero Dark Thirty, The Hurt Locker, Point Break, K-19 Widowmaker all have a common thread running through them. They would all be seen as quintessential moody dark thrillers that men love.
These films list off as the CV of Kathryn Bigleow. Quite possibly one of the best directors around today. When it comes to thrillers few are better than Bigelow at it. You could argue the number would amount to less than one hand. There’s even a dispute at that.
Some directors play up the testerone, Macho style of their films to play to the mob like a Micheal Bay film. Bigelow though take some a different tact. All her recent films down the years are male dominated, testosterone driven, Ego stand offs, bromances.
The list can go, the point is Bigelow can bring in all characteristics of male culture. Unlike the likes of Bay and ex-husband Cameron, she isn’t loud when she does so.Her films are sophisticated and quite often are more ballsy than any male director would ever attempt or dream of making.
The question then is why is she so underrated? Quite often when high profile action thrillers or major blockbusters are made. The list is drawn up. Same names are drawn up despite their recent flops. Bigelow more often than not is left off this list.
Recently when studios went looking for directors for Wonder Woman. They turned to television to find female directors when Bigelow could have been a fascinating choice for the directors chair.
A simple possibility could be that Bigelow may wish to keep a low profile and be picky about her projects. Nevertheless Bigelow is a director that should be championed to wider audience.
Her CV shows that she is a director that can make a man’s film quite often better than her male colleagues.