If you keep up with current pop culture or you know go on the internet. You would know that a new Ghostbusters has been in the works, and has just been released. Shock and horror the cast of 4 men has now been replaced with four women, who are surprisingly just as capable of busting ghosts as men?? Apparently.
This revelation was taken quite poorly by way too people, men and women alike. "My childhood is destroyed!" they cried! "Couldn't they have put in only one girl maybe?" and my personal favourite, "This movie is sexist to men!".
Yes revamping a cult classic and replacing the four male leads with four females is the worst thing you could do. According to the angry outbursts from thousands of Ghostbuster fans.
The 2016 Ghostbuster reboot's trailer became the most disliked trailer in youtube history. I need to add that the trailer was terrible. Not because the vag to peen on screen ratio was strongly swayed in one direction. It was just a poor trailer. I watched it and thought oh dear. They've gone and made a lady team of Ghostbusters but they've done a bad job!
It was something that would set back the hard work of women in film, if this movie was truly atrocious. But you can't really trust a movie trailer.
Often times hilarious trailers have the entirety of the film's jokes in them, or all of the movie's action main action scenes. A strong trailer does not guarantee a good movie, just as a poor trailer don't ensure a terrible film.
Only recently Warner Bros spent millions of dollars on rewrites for Suicide Squad after the wonderful reception for their trailer. As it was revealed that all the light and amusing scenes were in the preview and the film was nothing but darkness similar to the Batman vs Superman fiasco.
After all the online hate, I knew I had to set things straight and see the movie myself to make an honest judgement. Can women lead a film? Do females doom movies to be a disaster at the box office? Was Rey in Star Wars, an outlier in terms of her great success? People do seem to think so.
Heck I'm still waiting on a Black Widow film. Scarjo forever.
I went to see the movie with Josh, and first a male's perspective, he really enjoyed the film. Much better than he expected it to be. I went in with expectations, as you can tell from this post's title, I felt like women were relying on it to do well. I'm not here to share any spoilers, but it was a good movie. It's not like the first Ghostbusters and I don't really think it could be compared to the original cult classic.
There are many enjoyable references to the original series including some amusing cameos. Josh and I agreed that the best character by far was Kate Mckinnon as Jillian Holtzman.
From her eating of Pringles or as she calls them "salty parabolas" at inappropriate moments to licking her weapons before a fight. This too great to be straight character is going to shoot Kate McKinnon far beyond where Saturday Night Live has taken her. I don't often rewatch movies, but I would rewatch this just for her. Her character is just that good, and check out those glasses!
Chris Hemsworth's character was equally as amusing, comic relief in a role that's usually only left to women, the ditzy but attractive receptionist. Kevin means well but my god he's as dumb as a brick. "A Ken doll, with the insides scooped out." Though he does have some killer dance moves. No it's not sexist to have Hemsworth in that role, it's a huge joke on societal norms. A man? Being placed in a film to purely be objectified? Unheard of. If you want to go back to watching him being a strong manly man, and probably also shirtless again, turn on Thor.
Go see the movie. Don't go in expecting it to be the same stuff as 1984, that's old news. It's a movie about women, kicking butt, fighting ghosts and it's going to pave the way for female lead movies in the future. It certainly won't be ruining anyones childhoods.