It has been a long time since I watched the original Westworld so memory is a bit fuzzy on most of the movies details. I generally remember it being okay. It was pretty sanitized with a PG rating. Not unusual for a 1970's movie that wanted to appeal to a wider audience. The movie wasn't trying to be deep and insightful, (it was a sci-fi western after all). But, for anyone who got past the superficial layers of the movie it did raise some moral and ethical issues about killing and having sex with an android that, to the guests, were mostly indistinguishable from another human being.
When should entertainment be allowed to cross the boundaries of what polite society considers to be "fun" to fulfilling someone's darkest desires in the form of sadism, torture, rape, murder, and general mayhem? The answer to that is, at least based on the Westworld created in 1973 and the latest incarnation on HBO, sometime in the future.
I grew up reading Isaac Asimov's books where robots and androids were frequently the central characters (I, Robot as an example), so the idea that a robot or android could become self-aware wasn't something new. Artificial intelligence is occasionally in the media either being touted as a solution to what ails humanity or as an apocalyptic doom. The concept within the Westworld mythos takes a different approach. A.I. is neither; it is just another way to make money.
When I heard this remake was being released, I was a bit leery since most remakes rarely surpass the originals. I think this one already has. First, and a no-brainer, since the original came out in 1973, special effects are light years ahead of what they were then. However, there's not much need for CGI special effects. In the Westworld “park” you see what you would expect in most westerns, wooden buildings, dusty streets, horses, lots of deserts and mountains (and there are many great shots of these), and the people (whether human or android) look like people. Inside the command center, there's futuristic gadgetry, but it is not overdone. Second, the acting is excellent. Anthony Hopkins and Ed Harris are great as always, but it is Evan Rachel Wood that was the standout in the pilot. There is a large cast and many good actors among them. Third, it is a series that looks like a movie. That is good as long as the series doesn't get bogged down. With so much more time to fill there is always a risk of the story losing focus and forward momentum.
The one thing that the 1973 Westworld movie could not do was go into much detail about much of anything, and after watching the first episode of the HBO series, it appears that drilling down into details is what this new incarnation will be doing. Someone watching this that had never heard of the movie Westworld might be a bit confused on some points. However, the first episode covered most of the basics while still leaving some questions unanswered for future episodes.
As far as "Female violence" is concerned, I think the most violent scene was around 59 minutes into the show when one of the female outlaws guns down about 11 men and women in less than a minute. That is the most Female violence I saw.
Violence against women? In our 2016 society, it is a bad thing, and it's unacceptable (but still occurs). In the old West when women were second class citizens according to political, religious, and societal customs, it happened. However, in this pilot HBO episode, the violence was gender neutral and violence against women (as opposed to violence against men) was not the focal point of the storyline. While violent, the show did not single out one gender over the other to pick on.
After only one episode it is tough to know if this is a remake or a revisioning of the original story. I am leaning towards the latter since HBO’s Man in Black is not a robot (at least I don't think he is...).
While there is western style violence (it is a sci-fi western after all), there is also the potential of a great story that will dig deeper into the how, what, and why that weren't entirely answered in the original movie. Plus, who knows, the original Westworld was part of Devos which was made up of Roman World, Medieval World, and Westworld. Maybe there's an opportunity to get a peek inside the other two "parks."
If you like sci-fi, Anthony Hopkins, robots/androids, westerns, special effects, corporate intrigue, desert scenery, sociopathic, rude and callous technicians, or a combination of any of the former combined with an interesting story than you might want to check it out.