The new Ghostbusters movie has to be the most controversial film right now. When the first trailer released back in March, the reception wasn’t great. Thousands of man-children flocked to their computers to complain about how pandering to women was ruining their childhoods. This led to a feminist social media revolt, and for good reason. Unfortunately, things got so out of hands on both sides that it didn’t leave any room for a reasonable discussion about the movie. I’ll admit, I’m a little afraid to put my opinion out on the internet for everyone to see. So, here’s a little backstory for everyone before I talk about the movie itself.
I grew up in the 90s. My first introduction to Ghostbusters was actually the Filmation version based on a British TV show, which featured a talking gorilla. Yeah, that’s seriously a thing. At some point, I watched the Real Ghostbusters cartoon, but I never really got that into it. I liked it, drank some Hi-C Ecto Cooler from time to time, but I don’t recall ever owning a single piece of Ghostbusters merchandise. I didn’t end up seeing the films until I was in my late teens/early 20s. I have zero nostalgia for the originals. They’re pretty great films and all, but they’re far from being perfect. So, when I heard about the reboot, I wasn’t immediately turned off by it.
As a side note, we don’t get paid or endorsed for anything we write here at Drunk Dorks. Anything we talk about is because we want to be talking about it. Furthermore, I have no issues with an all female Ghostbusters cast. We’ve sang praise for so many movies featuring strong lead women that I shouldn’t have to even mention that; but unfortunately, I do. So, hopefully that shuts everyone up.
Anyway, I was initially on board with Ghostbusters back when it was announced, and even more so as pictures started getting released. The sets, costumes and equipment all looked pretty on point… then the trailer released. It’s bad, okay. The more the marketing for this movie came out, the less I wanted to see it. It’s like it was asking me to hate it. It’s all so bizarrely bad. Needless to say, my fiance and I were reluctant to see it. We still went in with optimism, but had this feeling that it was going to just flat out suck.
Turns out… it’s actually okay. We left surprised; nodding our heads in approval. Simply put, we liked it. The trailers are the worst and showcase every single bad line that’s in the movie. It blows my mind now that I’ve seen it that anyone chose to put those trailers together how they did. I guess the good news is that if you’ve seen the trailers, you’re past the worst parts of the movie. For the most part, everything else works fairly well. There are occasions where jokes just don’t land, and sometimes the writing is a little questionable and drags out a point for too long. There’s a few times where YouTube comments are brought up and I’m there like, “Okay, I get it. Can we get back to Ghostbusters?” The ghosts are really… hmm, colorful and heavy on the CGI, which makes this feel more like the animated TV show at some points rather than a live action movie. For the most part, it’s not something you’ll pay much attention to. There’s also a couple pacing and tonal problems where the film struggles to decide what it wants to do with itself sprinkled about, but they quickly get back on track.
Does this film warrant the hate and judgement it’s getting? No, not really. Is it the best thing I’ve seen? No, not really. We didn’t necessarily need this movie, and maybe Paul Feig wasn’t the best director choice either. I probably would have liked to have seen a proper third movie where the original cast passes the buck onto a new crew, but this is what we got instead. After everything, it’s just and average summer movie. We did have fun and we laughed a lot though. And as far as Ghostbusters goes, isn’t that what’s important?
This isn’t going to be for everyone, especially if you don’t care for Feig’s films, and that’s okay. We can have a reasonable discussion about it like adults.
But seriously though, fuck that Fall Out Boy cover of the theme song. That’s a definite sin.