Hey guys, what’s up? Are you good? I’m good. There was a movie that came out recently, I think it was about ghosts and ladies or something like that. A lot of people got mad on twitter. Ring a bell? Probably not. I get it. My tastes are pretty obscure.
So yeah, I saw the new Ghostbusters movie. What qualifies me to do a movie review? Well, I’m a lady and I’m a comic and the original Ghostbusters is my favorite movie.* I even wrote an article about why I love the original so much. Also a bunch of my friends in college were film majors and I’m mid way through writing a pilot that will almost certainly never get made. Long story short, compared to most ‘film critics’, I’m already overqualified.
I’d been waiting FUCKING FOREVER for a new Ghostbusters movie to come out and I had pretty much resigned myself to the fact that it was never going to happen. Then, seemly out of nowhere they announced a reboot. HUZZAH! But also, OH NO! What if it’s terrible? I didn’t quite know what to think.
A little while later the cast was announced which happened to be made up of exclusively lady comics. All very talented ladies. My first reaction was, ‘Neat! I didn’t expect that.’
My second reaction was, ‘Wow, the internet is going to fucking HATE this.’ And of course I was right.
I went into the movie with a lot of trepidation. If you remake a classic it’s never going to be as good as the original, no matter how talented you are. Hey, remember that shot for shot remake of Pycho that is literally supposed to be the exact same movie but also not the same movie? Of course you don’t. It was stupid. Why would anyone ever do that?
The same works for any other reboot, and comedies almost never get remade. I was terrified going in because this movie was basically an experiment to see if movie goers could be tricked into watching a film with exclusively female leads that wasn’t porn. It turns out they can! Surprise!
Caveats aside, I really liked this movie. I’m not gonna do a structural analysis of the thing, because again, ½ a pilot, but I thought it was super funny. There were a ton of awesome lines and myself and the audience laughed out loud the entire time. The cast was spot on and holy shit Kate McKinnon. Yeah, I know you’re sick of hearing it but, wow. I’d like to say her performance made me start playing for the other team, but then Chris Hemsworth showed up and I got distracted and walked back over to my original side.
I kind of loved his character for being so hot and so dumb because all you ever see is the opposite. Unbelievably hot women that just act as eye candy is so overdone, it’s barely even noticeable until the idea is flipped on its side.
It’s a nice little fuck you to all those nerds who hated the movie before it had even been filmed, because there is a certain section of the population that hates everything woman do that isn’t having sex with them. And oh boy, are we not having sex with them. Probably because they don’t look like Chris Hemsworth.
Hot dudes aside, what I didn’t really like about the movie was the art direction and character design of the ghosts. I’m a big fan of practical effects and I’ve never liked computer animation. I love to see things that exist in real space. For whatever reason, Hollywood just doesn’t use practical effects much anymore, so I didn’t really expect to see any but it still bummed me out.
The computer animation was pretty good, but one of my favorite things about the original was how ghoulish all the ghosts were. It probably had something to do with the gross out art (think garbage pail kids or the monster toys that were around in the 80’s) that was popular at the time, but I loved it. The ghosts in the new movie mostly looked like people, except when they didn’t. When they didn’t, they were fine but still ehhhh. What can I say? I like gross looking puppets.
Over all, I really enjoyed the movie and I definitely go see it again. And that’s a thing I never do. Like ever. I see a movie in theaters about once a year because most of my free nights are spent doing comedy and the rest of my free nights are spent getting drunk. With friends. And not sitting in the darkness.
Was it as good as the original Ghostbusters? No. But there was no way it could be. That expectation is ridiculous. Maybe someone should write a sequel to Catcher in the Rye and see how that goes. (Terribly it turns out. JD Salinger wrote one and never wanted it released but someone found it and it was leaked online, because, the internet.)
Did the new Ghostbusters ‘ruin your childhood’? Good. I’m glad.
It seems like you had a pretty privileged childhood if that’s the one thing that made it come all crashing down. A death of a parent ruins childhood, abuse ruins childhood, you my friend, are an antisocial weirdo who values the past over the present, which is probably why you have all those nerd problems in the first place.
So, go see Ghostbusters. It was a great movie. While it might not be the GREATEST THING EVER HAPPEN TO CINEMA, it was fun, it was funny, there were ghosts and a sexy dude in it. It gets an A in my book.