The Men's Club?
by naynatul on March 20, 2016 - 11:48pm
The blog review “How The Riot Club's Sam Claflin became a Buller boy”, written by Alex Godfrey, discusses the character Sam Claflin plays in the movie “The Riot Club”. The movie’s storyline focuses on the Riot Club’s annual dinner; ten white rich young men assemble to trash restaurants, take drugs, humiliate women, and collectively beat up others simply for the sake of the club’s tradition. The post in itself points to how revolting, horrible and nonchalant these activities are.
The author describes how Ryle, the protagonist, grows into a “burgeoning sociopath, who becomes increasingly unhinged” because of the way and the environment in which he has been raised. In addition, the writer insists on the fact that originating from rich and high class families, the boys of the club are able to easily make their way out of trouble by means of money; By creating this link between men, wealth and power, he underlines the message that the movie is conveying to its male viewers.
From the author’s assumptions, the movie indicates that boys are simply being boys and that this kind of lifestyle can be acceptable. The high class, violent, remorseless, intimidating and powerful group of soon to become men creates an ideal image of masculinity that is supposed to be appealing to men in society and make them want to adapt the same behavior.
These assumptions reflect a very destructive form of masculinity rather than a healthy one because it affects a vast majority of men. First of all, men who are not financially stable or are simply part of the working class are degraded to such a low level that they are deemed to be entirely worthless. Successively, men that lack the qualities of “the man box”, who find themselves not tough enough or not sexual enough, become isolated from others, lack confidence and feel like they are never good enough. As mentioned on the movie “Tough Guise 2.0”, with the pressure of society, emptions such as these can easily build up inside an individual and can result in actions of anger, ending up hurting the individual himself, and those around him. The author of the post mentions that this is exactly the case of the protagonist, whose terrible traits come from “a broken-down nobody” who was seeking power; the movie is basically an illustration of the violent consequences of the struggles of men.
The author’s main idea is that such a mentality in men’s minds, endlessly seeking power and perfection, becomes engraved in their minds; Thus, in their futures, this causes the corruption of not only politics and justice systems, but most importantly, society at large.
This is very representative of how media usually talks about masculinity. Men are much more often considered violent than women; and boys are said to be high-wired to become more aggressive and agitated than girls, however, violence is a taught behavior, and if change is to be achieved, it is something that must be brought into attention in our society.
- Godfrey, Alex: “How The Riot Club's Sam Claflin became a Buller boy” The guardian. N.p. September 13, 2014. Web. March 20, 2016. <http://www.theguardian.com/film/2014/sep/13/the-riot-club-hunger-games-bullingdon-boys-sam-claflin>
-Movie: Tough Guise 2.0