Well whadda ya know, the Internet Trolls were wrong about Ghostbusters – very, very wrong.
The trolls were wrong about Ghostbusters
I figured they were mostly a small, but vocal group of young boys/men who probably hadn’t even seen the original Ghostbusters on the big screen — let alone experienced the glory of Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, and Dan Aykroyd in their prime. I figured their collective righteous indignation wouldn’t amount to much, but it was unnecessarily mean.
Given that they continued to rail against this film even after Bill Murray himself said “When you see the film, and you’ll delight in the film, it sort of rumbles along in the beginning. You’re going, ‘Oh God, are they going to pull this thing off?’ I felt like a stepfather to the whole thing. There is no quit in these girls.”
“You’ll delight in the film.” Bill Murray on #Ghostbusters #quote
Their claims that their hatred of the new Ghostbusters wasn’t rooted in misogyny rings false to me. The vitriol started before the script was written, the movie was cast, or a frame was shot. All they knew was that Paul Feig was making a new Ghostbusters and his primary idea was to make it fresh was to flip the gender of the cast. Oh the horror! The blasphemy! Nonsense.
It has heart
As it turns out, the new Ghostbusters is extraordinarily funny with just the right mix of a fresh origin story, and a playful, yet honorific homage to the original. The closest thing to this type of homage is The Muppets reboot driven by Jason Segel’s obvious love for the original Muppets films. I know certain people took pleasure in their ‘thumbs down’ campaign for the trailer on YouTube. Even now, almost a week after the successful premiere, the hateful comments continue. This is truly bizarre, but it doesn’t change the facts: The New Ghostbusters is Terrific! It has heart, joy and a positive message about underdogs succeeding. Why should that incite such anger and negativity?
I can identify with the women on screen
This review does not contain any spoilers.
When our intrepid gals band together to bust their first ghost, I couldn’t contain my happiness – nor could anyone else in the packed and hallowed Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Blvd. The crowd burst into spontaneous applause at least four times. The cameos were plentiful, glorious and hilarious. No Spoilers! But they are awesome!
Chris Hemsworth. Apparently there is nothing he cannot do. Reportedly he was uncomfortable before shooting began because he lacked experience as a comedian. Turns out that wasn’t a problem and he improvised some of the best bits in the film. The jokes were so plentiful and the audience’s laughter so constant, that I’m sure I’ll have to see the movie a few more times to catch them all.
If she can see it, she can be it. Why shouldn’t #girls aspire to be what they want?
It’s their choice to miss out on the fun
So yes, the Twitterverse and Internet generally went insane with their collective hatred of this movie. Now that is just laughable. As with anything, all hate does is keep one from loving. Sure it’s their choice, to miss out on the fun, the joy and yes, the love. It’s their choice to exercise their right to free speech, even in the anonymous consequence-free way the Internet provides. But it doesn’t mean we have to listen.
I am proud of this film
I know that’s weird since I had nothing to do with the making of it, but I can identify with the women on screen, their struggle feels like my struggle, so their victories are my victories. What’s more important than the plot, the jokes, the effects, or the box office is the concept of “if she can see it, she can be it.” Why shouldn’t girls aspire to be Ghostbusters, to be scientists, to be taken seriously?
See it in 3D IMAX
If at all possible, I recommend seeing Ghostbusters in 3D IMAX as close to the center of the theatre as you can manage. I read much poo-pooing about the CGI effects used in this new film. I can’t imagine why. The effects were AMAZING. Yes, Mad Max: Fury Road was impressive for its commitment to practical stunts instead of relying on Computer Generated Images, but Ghostbusters needed – and got – ghosts, scary, daunting, visually stunning ghosts. The final battle events especially impressive on a big screen with 3D.
What will the final box office numbers show? Seems like everyone has an opinion. Sony has stated the movie cost $144 million to make. In the first 6 days, Ghostbusters made $57 million. I’m not an expert, but that doesn’t appear to be ‘a flop’ to me.
China has become an increasingly more important market for Hollywood films over the last few years, however China’s government has an issue with ghost movies. Apparently, Ghostbusters may fall prey to their censorship because they ban movies that “promote cults or superstition.” To try to get a fair screening for Chinese officials, Sony has renamed the film “Super Power Dare-to-Die Team,” a direct translation they say. It’s important to note the first two Ghostbusters movies didn’t screen theatrically in China either, but with Disney’s Zootopia earning $235.5 million, Legendary Entertainment’s Warcraft pulling in $221 million and Marvel/Disney’s Captain America: Civil War capturing $190.4 million from the box office in China, it definitely is harder to reach massive box office numbers without the Chinese market.
At its heart, Ghostbusters is a movie about underdogs and odd ducks finding their personal power though their belief in themselves. Why would anyone want to hate on that?
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