Monday, July 18, 2016

Who Ya Gonna Call?

I grew up watching The Real Ghostbusters, drank Ecto-Cooler, and played the the toys. The cartoon version of the Ghostbusters were always my Ghostbusters. I watched Extreme Ghostbusters when I could (even though I hated the "extreme" marketing, the series was good and a worthy sequel to The Real Ghostbusters). To be honest though, I didn't care for the original until I was an adult. Watching them now, I see a charming aspect of them I didn't when I was younger. 

Yesterday, I decided to go watch the new Ghostbusters film in 3D.

Spoiler alert: I absolutely loved it!
Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy have a fun, believable chemistry together. I admit, I was a little worried about the character Patty (played by Leslie Jones). I think the trailers made her look like a loud black lady stereotype. She has a couple of moments, but her character is not just a caricature. She was a good insightful, grounded character. I think she was my second favorite. Kate McKinnon's Holtzmann stole the movie for me. Every single scene she's in, she's great. She is now my favorite all-time Ghostbuster. He lines, mannerisms, and everything are just always on point.

This movie received so much unnecessary hate. The original trailer has the dubious honor of being the most disliked video on Youtube. It's understandable if the humor just doesn't seem up someone's alley, but there have been concentrated efforts to discredit this movie before it was even released. Legions of geeks talking about how this movie  is  made for feminazis and has ruined their childhood. Let me just quickly say that if you seriously use the word feminazi in any way other than addressing idiots that use the word, I will be unable to take you seriously. Second, time just doesn't work that way. Don't believe me, check out this article. Honestly, I think the film's villain, Rowan, is the perfect embodiment of this entitled hate. Rowan is a very one dimensional. He's an outcast that feels he's been slighted and that the world owes him something. He almost never acknowledges any of the teams prowess and makes casually sexist comments. He's essentially one of the internet trolls that gave the film negative attention.

My only complaint about the film is that Chris Hemsworth's Kevin was soooooo ridiculously stupid. It was funny for a bit, but got a little old after a while. Still Hemsworth is a funny, gorgeous man.

The effects were fantastic (especially in 3D) and the laughs were good. I can't wait for the inevitable sequel. You should watch it soon. Also, make sure you stay to the credits.


  1. Jillian "Safety Lights are for Dudes" Holtzmann is now my favorite all time Ghostbuster. She is just fantastic. Really.

    1. I know. I'm going to order a Funko Pop of her when I get paid Friday.

  2. Nice review. I need to put some haste in my efforts to see this thing...

    1. This movie didn't deserve any of the hate it received. The comedic style may not be for everyone, but I found it funny and visually appealing.