It’s been a few days since the release of the trailer for The Curse of La Llorona and though immediately after watching it the first time, the anger filled my entire body; I was hoping that the frustration would be gone after a few days.
I was wrong.
Maybe it seems frivolous to be upset about this but allow me to go on a rant.
The Curse of La Llorona is a new horror movie from Director Michael Chaves. The film focuses on the folklore of La Llorona or The Weeping Woman. This particular folklore originated in Mexico, but has since spread to other Latin American countries; evolving with each retelling. Nonetheless, there is no denying that La Llorona is part of the Mexican culture.
Well, imagine my utter surprise when I clicked on the trailer for The Curse of La Llorona and was immediately disappointed. My main reason for disappointment: Hollywood has found a way to replace the Mexicans in a story that is rooted in Mexican history. I thought that with a Mexican Director would come a film that stays true to the tale and the culture around the tale, yet I find myself staring at a main white character.
Why is a white woman being used to navigate a Mexican story?
Did Coco not show us that a film rooted in Mexican culture will get record-number audience attendance? Has Black Panther taught us nothing? Did Crazy Rich Asians not show us how beautiful representing a culture authentically can be? Representation matters and we deserve Mexican main characters to tell our stories.
Not to take anything away from Linda Cardellini, who is playing the main character, it just feels disrespectful to use a white woman to tell this story. I should also add, that yes, I see the attempt at LATINX representation throughout the trailer but why must we always be secondary characters? Why must we be pushed to the back when this story deserves to be told by a Mexican cast? It doesn’t make sense and quite frankly, it’s extremely frustrating.
I’m also confused as to why this film didn’t go to Guillermo del Toro, it feels like the story would have been in the perfect hands with him. Granted, this rant and my frustration is coming from a two minute and twenty-six second movie trailer so for all I know the movie will exceed expectations … doubt it though.
I just think we deserve better and as a Mexican-American writer, I will continue to actively work to tell our stories in a genuine manner.