Ghostbusters Review: A Blast at the Movies

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Ghostbusters Review: A Blast at the Movies

I do want to preface this review by saying that I did not see the original film until 2015, so my level of nostalgia really doesn’t exist for this film. That being said, I thought that while Ghostbusters was not the funniest movie I’ve seen all year, it is a good film with a great message.

The story is similar to the original where three scientists and an enthusiastic New Yorker discover the paranormal activity in the city. It is being amplified by Rowan (Neil Casey), a disgruntled outcast who wants to see the world suffer. The whole film centers around Erin (Kristen Wiig), Abby (Melissa McCarthy), Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon) and Patty (Leslie Jones) fighting against the naysayers and people trying to put them down, in order to save the city from the ghosts. Kevin (Liam Hemsworth) is their overly stupid secretary, who is a source of a great amount of the comedy. It is probably one of my favorite roles for Chris Hemsworth because it seems like the most genuine thing he has played. 

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The visuals in the film were actually pretty great and had some really cool ghosts that were creepy and a little strange at the same time. There are even ghosts from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, where we even get to see Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. The designs of the gadgets that the Ghostbusters used in the film were also well designed. They didn’t stray too far from the originals but still felt upgraded in a lot of ways. The scene where they test some of the gadgets was really just a fun scene.

The comedy in the film, as I said, is not the best. The jokes landed about 75% of the time for me. The chemistry between the female characters was great. At no point did they ever talk down to each other or dumb down their lexicon. The characters maintained a high level of respect for each other and intelligence, even among some pretty stupid jokes.  What was most important about the characters is that they were women relying on other women to help each other and make a difference.

It was nice to see the original Ghostbusters make cameos in the film, as well as a few other characters from the original. I think it was a great passing of the torch moment. They were small enough roles not to take too much attention away from the new characters and were done in a really classy way.

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Something happened to me while watching Ghostbusters, and it was immediately difficult to describe. What happened during the scene in which Holtzmann starts kicking some serious ass and the music wells and takes over, I realized that I was finally seeing something that had been missing. A lot of men associate the Ghostbusters with their childhood and how much ass they kicked. Now I was finally getting that, and in turn, so were the young females in the theater. While the film may not be the funniest film, it certainly is an important one. Yes, I said it. The paranormal ghost hunting sci-fi comedy film where women chase ghosts is an important one. Its important because it stars women. Not women depending on men to be saved in the end, but strong, independent and determined female scientists (and a really enthusiastic New Yorker). That is something to be embraced and celebrated. I can’t even count the number of comedy films starring men that weren’t really funny but are still well-received and remembered. I’d hate to see this film judged more harshly than those films just because it stars women.

All in all, Ghostbusters is a film that showcases strong female characters, some serious Ghost ass kicking and a message that reverberates through me, that yes, women can kick ass and not have to be dressed in a sexy revealing costume. They can be strong. They can be smart. And no, they don’t need a man to rescue them in the end. We’re fine on our own.

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