Tuesday, May 9, 2017

The Assignment -- a forced feminization fantasy or pure entertainment?

From the comic book The Assigment.
This is not a film about a transgender woman! The makers of The Assignment insist. I would say they are right about that.

This is the story about a mad scientist (played by Sigourney Weaver) who kidnaps the notorious contract killer, Frank Kitchen, and uses hormones and surgery to turn him into a woman -- for revenge.

He suddenly wakes up one day, in a dirty hotel room, with breasts and a vagina.

But that does not make him a woman, mentally, and if Michelle Rodriguez does one thing right in this movie, it is that she presents the post-op Frank Kitchen as a guy, as the hit man he truly is.

You could say that there is one trans person in this movie. Sigourney Weaver plays the role of a transmasculine woman.

I think it works as a film noir B-movie. You caught up in the action and truly wonder how it all will end, and what kind of life Frank will have in his female body.

Whether it was also meant as a feminization fantasy, I do not know, but I know that many of the visitors to this site will watch it as such.

The movie is based on the comic book The Assigment.

You will find more info on the movie and discussions over at Crossdream Life, where you will also find an interview with Walter Hill, the director of the movie, from the comic book version of the story.