Ghostbusters (2016): A Manifesto

Ghostbusters (2016) - A Manifesto

I’m a die-hard fan of the original ‘Ghostbusters‘. I’ve seen it countless times and it remains one of my all-time favourite comedies. Having said that, I find the sequel lifeless and forgettable. Superfluous, even.

I am certainly not indiscriminate.

Seriously, anyone who reads this blog knows that I don’t enjoy things indiscriminately. I really don’t. Give me a sequel or reboot that doesn’t work and I’ll f-ing trounce it like it’s nobody’s business.

But I liked Paul Feig’s ‘Ghostbusters’.

I really liked it.

I wasn’t going to see it. I didn’t need a reiteration of my beloved ‘Ghostbusters’. I was intrigued by an all-female cast (a superb spin, in my estimation), but I wasn’t at all enamoured with the cast.

I changed my mind when I read the flurry of irrational hatred directed at the movie before any footage was even released. Then pictures came out of the cast in character, and the venom started spewing uncontrollably.

The more ‘Ghostbusters (2016)’ was unveiled, the more vitriol it was subjected to.

People had f-ing fits.

Childish tantrums.

Ghostbusters (2016) - A Manifesto

While charges of sexism may have been misconstrued as blanket criticism, there were a fair share of @$$holes who trashed the film because the cast were women. They weren’t going to get Peter, Ray, Egon and Winston.
Frankly, it p!$$ed me off!!!

So the feminist in me decided to burn my bra to prove a point.

No… wait.

But it did make me want to give these ladies a chance. No cast should be vilified so much just for not being a bunch of dudes. Ever. Especially in this day and age. You’d almost think that we’d gone back in time.

Now, if anyone thinks that this purported sexism is an exaggeration, please check out this analysis of the situation: http://screencrush.com/ghostbusters-imdb-what-the/?utm_source=sailthru&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=newsletter_7131819

An overwhelming number of young men (i.e. trolls/losers) purposely went out to destroy the film’s reputation before it was even out. What the !@#$ is that, if not (at the very least!) gender bias, if not outright sexism?

This is INSANE!

C’mon, guys! At least go see it before you make up your minds. Claim indifference, and don’t go see it. Fine. That’s your prerogative and your loss. But this kind of blind hatred is prejudice. Period. You are an @$$hole.

Yes, an @$$hole.

Ghostbusters (2016) - A Manifesto

So I went to see it opening night – just to counter this f-ing hysteria.

Yes, the trailers were lame. I agree. Whoever cut them made me want to not see the movie; they really did not do the movie justice. But, truth is, most (not all) of the gags that fell flat in the trailer worked in their proper context.

Even some of the reheated ones.

Yes, the new version of the theme isn’t very good, but it barely shows up in the picture and there are other iterations of the theme that are actually quite good (including a sweet interpolation towards the end of the score).

The cast was pretty good and they had an excellent dynamic. I was most pleasantly surprised by Melissa McCarthy, who isn’t all shouty for once (think Ray without the naiveté), and Kate McKinnon, who plays a smart, creative, quirky and bad@$$ chick.

Rowr.

Yes, there are plenty of small bits that I could have done without, including the gimmicky arsenal, product placement, some of the cameos, an over-the-top, action-heavy finale (as well as Hemsworth’s part in it), amongst other things.

But I sincerely had a good time. And, seriously, I would see more of Feig’s ‘Ghostbusters’ if they made more. I would love to see where they take it from here, how the characters evolve, and how they develop the concept.

Yes, I will see this one again.

This ‘Ghostbusters’ is a very different beast, but it’s nice reinvention of the concept. It’s not remaking it, it’s not a reboot, it’s not a sequel; what it does is take the original concept and gives it a new spin.

Is it le film du siècle? No. Is it perfect? No. But it’s a rollicking good time. I’d call on these Ghostbusters anytime. In fact, I really wish it were enough of a success that we could have one or two more of them.

I’d give it a 7.75 out of 10 (not quite an 8, but certainly better than average).

I’m not alone: Ever since the movie came out, its dismal ratings on IMDB, Metacritic and Rotten Tomatoes have been inching up slowly, as people who’ve actually seen the movie rate it accurately, reflecting their enjoyment.

Too bad it has such a steep, uphill battle to climb.

Ghostbusters (2016) - A Manifesto

To those of you who are hating all over this movie because it’s not the original, thinking that you’re winning some fight by destroying it, know this: If this one tanks, there is NO way you will ever see another ‘Ghostbusters’.

Ever.

Period.

The studios will never take a risk on this franchise again. They will write off the original as a one-hit wonder (after all, its 1989 sequel was hardly a stellar achievement – Paul Feig’s 2016 iteration easily eclipses it).

So, in effect, by childishly, blindly destroying something because you feel isn’t what you wanted, you’re ensuring that you will, in fact, NEVER EVER get it.

You are your own worst enemy.

However, if you make this ‘Ghostbusters’ a hit (even though it’s not the motion picture that you’ve been dreaming of), at least you’re keeping the door open for that fanboy wetdream of yours to be produced someday.

And, you know what? If you get that particle thrower out of your arse for 6960 seconds, you might even have fun watching ‘Ghostbusters (2016)’.

Could happen.

Ghostbusters (2016) - A Manifesto

Nota bene: A proper write-up of ‘Ghostbusters (2016) will be published on September 13, when the dust has settled. We won’t spoil it for you. See it and make up your own minds.

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