Ghostbuster Review

The last time a movie caused this much internet uproar, it was The Interview. Ghostbusters (2016) has been receiving criticism since the first trailer came out. While most of the criticism came from whiny sexist men, some people were genuinely concerned that the movie would be bad. It surprised everyone though that this clever and fresh, female-lead movie made $46 million opening weekend and is “certified fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes.  
The movie follows the story of Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig) a college professor, who is disgraced after it is discovered she tried to prove the existence of ghosts with Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy). When ghost begin wreaking havoc on the city they must work with engineer Jillian Holtzman (Kate McKinnon) and history buff Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones) to take on all the ghosts.

While the movie was far from a masterpiece, it was pretty funny. The actresses, three of the four of them having been on SNL, definitely pull their weight when it comes to jokes. Kevin (Chris Hemsworth) was definitely meant to flip a stereotype normally applied to woman, as the pretty, blonde, dumb secretary which works to contrast the girls and create and amusing effect.

What’s remarkable about this movie is that the woman aren’t portrayed like woman usually are. They aren’t eye candy or competing against each other or obsessed with boys. They’re simply people. They’re complex and it was clear that the attempt was there to make them all well-rounded. They supported and helped each other. They were important in their own right. Underneath the goofy and sometimes stupid plot is an important message, woman can be people too.