Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Ghostbusters


I'm just going to get right to it. I like the new Ghostbusters film. It was entertaining and funny. It was not the most awesome movie I have ever seen, but I enjoyed it and I will buy it once it goes to blu-ray. So lets get to the cast because that is what everyone (well not everyone) was concerned about. This fantastic cast is led by Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig with Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones taking on more supporting roles. And Chris Hemsworth. Being that this is a reboot, this film is the new Ghostbusters' origin story.


Abby Yates (McCarthy) and Erin Gilbert (Wiig) are childhood friends who had a falling out. Yates is currently working at a 10th rate college with Jillian Holtzmann (McKinnon) where their paranormal research department isn't even recognized to exist. Erin is trying to get tenure at a prestigious university when a book she co-wrote with Abby gets released without Erin's permission. When she confronts Abby, they get a lead on a haunting. Abby and Jillian convince Erin to come and investigate and the movie take off from there. They are joined by Patty Tolan, an MTA worker who witnessed a ghost in a subway tunnel. Patty is also an amateur expert on New York sights and history. The crew is rounded out by aspiring male model Kevin Beckman (Hemsworth) taking on secretarial duties.Their investigation into the surge in hauntings around New York reveal devices that are amplifying paranormal activity and a plot to bring about a ghost apocalypse.


Scattered throughout the film are great cameos from the original Ghostbusters cast minus Rick Moranis and obviously Harold Ramis who passed away in 2014. Although there is supposed to be a bust of Ramis somewhere in the film so technically all four original members cameo. While this new film is not directly connected to the original two, I did not feel like it really needed to. It would have been interesting if this new Ghostbusters were part of the original Ghostbusters universe, but it stands alone very well on it's own. I doubt any of the fans who expressed nerd rage over a new female cast will be impressed but that is their loss. With Ramis' passing, the chances of the original group making any form of a film pretty much disappeared. And it's not like the original films are forgotten. References and nods to the first two are scattered throughout the film as well as something in the after credits scene that could set up a sequel.


I have to state again that I really enjoyed this movie. I expected it to be good and it was. And for the record I never had an issue with a new cast, let alone an all female one. As with any reboot, I was just worried it would be bad for other reasons. But I didn't have to worry about anything.

So now that that is out, I have to address something really disturbing. As some of you may know, Leslie Jones left twitter this week after being attacked with racist, vulgar, and pornographic posts. I am not going to get into the specifics because I do not want to validate that hate and stupidity in any way. Just do a search if you are curious to see how she was attacked. I thought Leslie was fantastic in Ghostbusters and I have been a fan of hers ever since she started to appear on SNL's Weekend Update. I have the utmost respect for her. It's just sad that others don't feel the need to offer even a basic amount of respect and decency to a person seemingly because a woman had the nerve to be in a comedy about ghosts. I wonder if the idiots who think posting anonymous crap online would show any real balls and tell Leslie Jones any of that to her face. I doubt it. It does not take balls to hide behind the internet.

#LoveforLeslieJ

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