GHOSTBUSTERS: Are Reboots a problem? Or Do We Just Hate Women?
I'm going to be very honest, I hate reboots. They feed into the idea that there are no new stories.
But, there are.
There are new stories.
There are millions of untold stories.
The problem is that the foremost goal of movie makers isn't to take the viewer through something new and thought provoking, entertaining, hilarious, terrifying, thrilling, engaging, riveting— no. The bottom line is how much money can be made?
Which, I get. People like to make money. I like making money. Money is real useful. But, at what cost are the big movie makers making this money?
The answer: at the cost of any original idea.
That being said I was actually excited for the 2016 reboot of Ghostbusters. Initially when I read that a new Ghostbusters film was in the works, I rolled my eyes; here we go again with a reboot.
Then I heard that the new Ghostbusters were going to be women, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon, and I was ready for it.
Oh my stars, girls doing boy stuff. Oh me, oh my.
The backlash was immediate. Angry dudes on the internet just need to hate everything. A tie between why make re-make something that was originally so very good, and ugh, why does it have to be women?
But this isn’t just making the exact same movie over again. It’s Fiction 101. Take a well known story and give it new life. Take this 1984 classic and bring it into 2016.
Which they did with the support of the original cast, not only with cameos but with Dan Ackroyd having a producer credit,
So I went into the new Ghostbusters movie with an open mind and an excited, nostalgic, heart.
I wanted it to be good. I was willing it in my heart to be good as I sat there with my gigantic white cherry icee, gripping my overly buttery movie popcorn waiting for the 10000 previews to finally be over.
I was slightly disappointed in the turn out at the theater by my house, which is generally packed on opening weekend of any movie, but I forgot about it as the movie started.
I loved it. I absolutely loved it.
Was it perfect? No.
Was it at times a little cheesy? Yes.
Was the humor a bit on the slapstick side? Yes, but who cares when you’re sitting in a theater laughing your head off with a bunch of strangers.
I enjoyed myself the entire way through. At no point did I find myself wishing the scene could just hurry up and get on with it.
I appreciated the little tie-ins here and there to the original. Look for the subtle homage to the late great Harold Ramis and the cameos that make those of us who grew up with the original look over to our neighbor and excitedly whisper, “did you see who that was?!”
What I loved the most was that we have four intelligent and funny women kicking total and complete ass. Each character, with her own distinct personality, brings something different to the plot.
I especially loved that none of them had to be overly sexualized, objectified, or physically on display to do so.
Nothing about this movie focused on their looks and that in and of itself was refreshing. Four leading women and we weren’t focused on their tits and asses the whole time. Why, that’s unheard of!
The only eye real eye candy was Chris Hemsworth showing up to look pretty and answer the phones. Thank you, Thor.
I give Ghostbusters 5 stars for Girl Power and I must admit that after re-watching the original, the protons streams look way better in 2016 than they did in 1984.
Don’t forget to stay through the end credits.
Jenn and Elizabeth ask: Where do you stand on reboots? Where do you stand on gender-flipped reboots? Where do you stand on movie snacks (Elizabeth is a 'go big or go home' kinda snack person)?