Ghostbusters Review: I Aint Scared of No Misogyny

July 19, 2016

There’s really nothing to spoil in this movie, but minor spoilers ahead.After all of the chatter, hate, and alleged raped childhoods, it was finally time to see what this new Ghostbusters movie was all about, but first let me set the scene.  Personally, I’m a fan of the old Ghostbusters, but certainly not a super fan. I couldn’t care less that they were remaking it, and the idea of it being a female cast sincerely didn’t phase me one bit. In fact, the original Ghostbusters movie wasn’t the most original thing either. Ironically, I was seeing it with a female friend who IS a big fan, and didn’t like the idea of it being an all-female cast.  Lastly, a little kid who was stoked. Speaking of children, all of the kids in the theatre seemed to enjoy it, and even jumped at some of the slightly scarier moments.  So if the kids enjoyed it, that’s all that really mattered.  But of course, I had a few observations. The PlotSeeing as the first Ghostbusters movie came out in 1984, there was no way to continue the story.  A new origin had to be told to establish the “Ghost Corps” production company.  Ghost Corps sole purpose is to create a “Ghostbusters” universe through branding, movies, and TV projects.  Have no fear, this company is helmed by Ivan Reitman and Dan Aykroyd.  But I’ve digressed.  The plot exists solely to set up a Ghostbusters team.  The storyline is somewhat thin, which I would fully expect from a comedy.  I read a review that said the relationship between McCarthy and Wiig wasn’t established enough to have an emotional impact.  Who cares?!? I wanted to laugh, and see some ghosts, and to that end it delivered! CameosAlfred Hitchcock was known for his cameos, and eventually came to hate them because he said it distracted people from the movie.  To combat this, he started placing his cameos very early in the movie so people could get it out of the way and move on.  Now when you have to pepper in at least four cameos, it becomes a bit of a stretch.  For me, you could see most of them coming a mile away, and they distracted from the flow of the movie. However, I’ve talked to others who thoroughly enjoyed them.  It’s definitely nice to see some old familiar faces, but I would’ve been content with just the Harold Ramis nod.  Sidenote: WTF? Ozzy?EndingFor me this is where things fell a little flat.  My favorite part of Ghostbusters was the witty banter and subtle comedy, but the ending is where it tries to get physical in its big action sequence finale.  This just didn’t work for me.  After such great comedic pacing, the last act seemed to hit a wall.  The one saving grace is this is where the kooky Kate McKinnon gets to shine. MusicIf I hated anything before going into the movie, it was “Fall Out Boy’s” version of Ghostbusters.  The original theme (although not great in it’s own right) has a place in music and movie history.  So when the movie opened up, I was pleasantly surprised by their music choice.  And when “Fall Out Boy’s” version does play, it works perfectly in the context of the film!TL:DRThis was a fun popcorn movie, and I would recommend checking it out.  I just checked, and the first two movies still exist.  So watching this version will not erase your childhood. Want to hear more about Ghostbusters? My friends and I chat about it and more in episode 93 of the “Geek Versus Week” podcast. Subscribe below.

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