Finally saw the new Ghostbusters after hearing whinging man-children go on and on about how it’s “unnecessary” and how they’re only making it with women to be “PC.” Because as I’ve explained before–letting ladies star in a movie is a special gift from the men who run the world. Now that we got our lady-movie, we should all sit down, shut up, know our places, and stop making such an emotional fuss.
This post will have major spoilers, so scroll past now if you don’t want to know.
Things I loved about this movie:
Erin is shown at the beginning with a shitty boyfriend. American viewers are trained to know that this is laying the foundation for a romantic subplot. Won’t it be awesome when she finds a man who is worthy of her? She deserves it.
Except…she doesn’t. Erin flirts with Kevin (more on him later), but doesn’t wind up with a new man at the end. This is not thrown in our faces, it’s just what happens. Love it. Love that we can have a happy ending (giggity?) without finding love as a prerequisite.
Kevin. First, I don’t condone that he was sexually harassed in the film, on a human level. It is not right for Erin to have said and done some of the things she did. But that’s the point. In movie-trope terms, Kevin is the Miss Moneypenny, the Miss Tessmacher, Phoebe Cates in a red bikini, the…every hot woman thrown into a movie for no other reason than the movie needed a hot chick. Kevin is also super stupid–just like most ladies in man-movies.
I especially love that at one point, I was thinking “Okay, I like what they’re doing with Kevin, bit I wish they’d had him do more. It’s kind of a waste of a Hemsworth.” And then he got possessed by the bad guy. And then he danced. Oh my Zod…he danced.
Turns out, objectifying people is fun. I see why men enjoy it. And it should be noted that Kevin never expressed displeasure for anything that went on. That doesn’t excuse Erin’s conduct, but it makes it less squicky.
Abby was super physical and awesome. She reminds me of Chris Farley without the cocaine and early death. Oops. I just made myself sad…
The women were genuinely friends. They didn’t try to one-up each other, didn’t talk about ways to improve each other’s appearance, or PR skills, or anything really. They just supported one another and got shit done. Much care was taken to NOT see these women as messing around with ghost stuff until they all landed husbands.
Jillian. Holy shit, Kate McKinnon was the most amazing thing I have ever seen. Okay, that may be an exaggeration–but only a slight one. Jillian is gay, right? I mean, they don’t say it. But it seems like they hinted at it enough times that they wanted us to be able to pick up on it without making it (or anyone’s sexuality) the focus of the plot. Not sure I’ve ever been so instantly taken with and charmed by a new character in anything.
I’m not exactly sure why I got choked up during Jillian’s big fighting scene. Not sure if I just loved her character that much, or if I was truly overwhelmed by the amount of raw girl power. At least for a minute, I was picturing little girls in Jillian costumes for Halloween instead of being goddamn Frozen princesses or lady-Batmans in a frilly pink dress.
Humor. There was soooo much great humor. I especially liked the gag with Ed Begley Junoir–when they say they talked to him and the tour guide is all “He died 15 years ago…whoooOOOOOooooo.” But then it was his son. Ha!
Patty was also great. I like that she didn’t veer into “sassy black chick stereotype.” At the same time, she was truthfully portrayed–at least to my middle-aged white lady mind. Plus her necklace helped me remember the character’s name. Plus, Leslie Jones is so not the type that often gets to be a lead in something. I hope to see her in lots more roles like this. She’s way too entertaining to be relegated to the funny friend or quirky office mate.
Cameos. Wow! They were really well done in how they were timed. Seeing Bill Murray was no surprise–though just when I worried that we didn’t see enough of him–he came back. Toward the end, I was all “I don’t see why Dan Ackroyd couldn’t have shown up…” and then he did. I knew there was no Moranis cameo going in, but that still sucked. Ernie Hudson, duh. That was great. And as the credits rolled, I was like, “Well, it would have been cool to see Sigourney Weaver, but I can understand why she might be too busy to–OMG THERE SHE IS!!!” So awesome.
I honestly don’t see what there is to dislike about the movie. If you really saw it and hated it, I have to think you were looking for reasons to. I’m told that there were some plot holes that the extended version (the one I saw) fixed. I can’t speak to that. But the tone, premise, cast, villain, themes, all of it. So good. If I had a daughter, I’d buy her a copy of it immediately–so she could put it on her movie shelf next to A League of Their Own.
If you honestly couldn’t find things to like about it, I’d love to hear why. Not why you think it didn’t need to be made, or why you hate that they cast mostly women. I mean a reason why you didn’t like the film itself.
Because the movie I saw was fun, touching, hilarious, and another affirmation that women can carry a film that has wide appeal. I really wish I’d seen it before I made my list of Family Friendly Halloween movies. It would have been in the top three.