From Power Rangers to It, reboots have never been more popular. Some fall flat while others rise to the occasion. One reboot that no one seems to be able to agree on is Paul Feig's supernatural comedy, Ghostbusters. The trailer certainly took a verbal beating, swiftly becoming YouTube's most disliked trailer of all time. Some claimed it ruined their childhood while other comments were much more troubling, mainly revolving around the so-called fact that women can't be funny. Some of the comments are actually frighteningly sexist. However, despite the negative response, this remake has plenty of fans as well. You can count me among them and there are plenty of reasons why.
Ghostbusters Doesn't Feel Like a Remake
Let me be clear when I say that I love the original. I remember my dad showing it to me when I was little and absolutely falling in love with it. Who didn't want to be a Ghostbuster? So when I first heard about the reboot, I was both extremely excited and a little nervous. On one hand, it has an all-female cast! That's awesome! On the other, I love the original. There have been many reboots that have gone wrong and I hope this isn't one of them. In all honesty, the first couple of minutes were a little slow for me and I didn't find the jokes that funny. But after not even a quarter of an hour, I was laughing along with the rest of the audience. We were all enjoying ourselves because it's a fun movie! Director Paul Feig says it best.
"It doesn't have anything to do with the original plot other than they are chasing ghosts and the threats get bigger and bigger."
It stands on its own, and that's what makes it great.
Each Character Brings Something To The Table
The characters were definitely the most controversial. However, the actresses and director continue to speak out and insist that these characters are not female versions of the originals we know so well. These are entirely new characters, and each brings something to the group. Melissa McCarthy's Abby Yates is stubborn to the bone and doesn't care what anyone thinks of their work. She just wants to fight the good fight. Kristen Wiig's Erin Gilbert on the other hand cares very much about how people view them and wants to be taken seriously. She's the most uptight of the group but she's also very intelligent and fierce. Both are experts on the paranormal. Kate McKinnon's Jillian Holtzmann is the wacky weirdo of the foursome, but she's also responsible for all of their gear. A nuclear engineer, she's a crucial and hilariously odd addition to the team. Then there's Leslie Jones' Patty Tolan! Many were up in arms about Patty as she is the only black character of the group and yet she is the one who isn't a scientist. But she's just as important as the rest of them. She has more knowledge of New York City and its workings than anyone else, and without her, the Ghostbusters wouldn't stand a chance against said ghosts. Each woman is important and fantastic in her own way, which is refreshing to see.
Friendship Will Always Triumph
The strong friendships are at the heart of this film. They have each other's backs no matter what, and that's most prominent between Abby and Erin. Best friends while growing up, they began to drift apart after writing a book about the paranormal together. Abby continues pursuing the supernatural, but Erin wants to make a name for herself in the world of science. She loses contact with Abby for many years until they form the Ghostbusters team. The relationship is a rocky one at first, but by the climax the two are as thick as thieves.
In the last act of the film, the girls manage to defeat the Ghosts and send them back through the portal, and Abby along with them. Before the portal can shut, Erin quickly ties herself off and jumps in after Abby to save her. She risks her life without a moment's hesitation. To see that strong bond was so beautiful.
Chris Hemsworth's Kevin Is The Typical Dumb Blonde
There is no denying Chris Hemsworth's hotness. He's drop dead gorgeous. Who wouldn't want a secretary that looks like that? Well as it turns out, Hemsworth's Kevin is not the brightest bulb in the box, and that's putting it lightly. He has trouble with the simplest of tasks, such as answering the phone. When Abby asks him if he put sugar in her coffee he sips it, spits it back into the cup and says, "I hate coffee, but yeah, there's sugar in that." He didn't come in and save the day at the last second. No, he was off getting food while the ladies were saving the world. Kevin is hilarious but at multiple points feels over-exaggerated. That is until you remember that women have been portrayed just as outrageously in the past. It feels ridiculous because we have never seen a man portrayed like this. Seeing it is weird and wonderful, and not because men should be portrayed this way, but because no one should. It draws attention to the fact that while many people were angry at how Kevin was written, many don't have a problem with women being written that way. Either both are a problem, or neither is. You can't have it both ways.
Hello, New Role Models!
This is an age where we really want to encourage young girls that, like young boys, they can do anything they want. No one should be restricted by anything; be it race, religion, or gender. The picture above was taken at the premiere and if that doesn't stir hope, I don't know what does. I remember growing up and looking for female role models. They can be few and far between, but here's a film that promotes women in the field of science. It promotes intelligence and knowledge. Ghostbusters promotes the idea that anyone can save the world if they put their mind to it. It's going to be a game changer for women in cinema. It's really heartwarming to think of these young girls seeing this film and being able to say, "Wow, I can be a Ghostbuster." Maybe I'm an idealist, or an optimist, but I think this is incredible. From their intelligence to Holtzmann's showstopping scene in Times Square, these ladies are the ultimate role models.
Many were quick to judge the film by its trailer alone, but if we don't judge books by their covers, shouldn't we avoid judging Ghostbusters by just a 2 minute glimpse? Admittedly, the movie was much funnier than the trailers made it out to be. I couldn't be happier with how it turned out and I really think that everyone should see the film before making a decision on its performance. In my opinion, it's definitely worth the money.