A Feminist Wet Dream CAN Be a Good Movie

As has already been proven by Bridesmaids, of course. But this time we ventured into the world of nerd movie remakes. And despite the sheer multitude of remakes and sequels in the world (Superman, Batman, Hulk, Spiderman, Cinderella, The Jungle Book, Finding Dory, Star Trek, Star Wars, etc. etc.), somehow fanboys around the world chose THIS movie to be fed up with remakes and boycott it. Suspicious?

The talk around the movie was so bad, that at first my boyfriend didn’t want to go see it because he had heard it had been an awful movie – a couple weeks before anyone had actually seen the movie. All of the spew and vitriol on the internet got so big and so loud that somehow his subconscious rendered it legitimate. Let that sink in for a moment.

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An example of how terrifying I find this.

So anyways, we got over that and we went to go see it. And loved it.

It was everything the original Ghostbusters was meant to be – fun, lighthearted, goofy, heartwarming, and family entertainment. Melissa McCarthy and Kirsten Wiig formed the heart of the movie. Their characters were friends since they were kids, brought together by ghost stories. Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones were AMAZING and filled out the story.

Refreshingly, these four women were smart, unique, and cared for each other. And I can’t remember seeing such great, simple friendship displayed on screen for a group of more than two women – it was also great to see an engineer and quantum physicist portrayed. Was it disappointing that Leslie Jones’ character was the “Everyman”, and not another scientist? Yes. Keep trying, Hollywood.

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Leslie Jones still created a hilarious character!

One of the parts I was most excited for was seeing the “dumb but pretty receptionist” trope turned on its head and used for a male character. And it was amazing. Chris Hemsworth was hilariously oblivious (and consistently pretty) throughout and rounded out the group wonderfully.

 

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… I’m sorry, what were we talking about?

There were admittedly a little too many cameos and throwbacks to the original – the same fault I would give Jurassic World. It got to the point where it was a little distracting, the amount of nostalgia porn. In the end credits, it makes sense to have a gasp-worthy cameo. When almost every secondary character is someone from the old Ghostbusters, it gets to be a little much.

At the end of the day, I laughed harder than I ever have before, I fell in love with Kate McKinnon, I saw Smart Girls Kicking Ass, and  had a great time. It definitely falls into the feel-good movie category, something I would actually want to own (gasp!) and rewatch with my friends and family. Hope you go see it and have a great time!

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Swoon.
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10 thoughts on “A Feminist Wet Dream CAN Be a Good Movie

  1. I’m loving that everyone loves the movie. I haven’t seen yet and didn’t initially want to because the trailers didn’t do much for me, but all of the love it’s getting from my geek girl community makes me want to run out and see ASAP

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  2. I loved loved loved this movie and I was one of those people who didn’t really want to see it. NOT because of the all female cast, NOT because it was a remake, NOT because I’m closed minded and don’t like remakes. . .because I didn’t think the trailers looked all that interesting. It just didn’t grab me and say-hey go see this. So I decided to take my kiddos yesterday and was crazy impressed by how funny and great this movie was. Not being a fan of really any of the 4 leading ladies-I have to say they all did a great job, tho McKinnon totally stole every single scene she was in. Sidenote-I’m now girl crushing on her hard.

    What I’m really tired of seeing now is the whole girl vs boy argument. I talked to my dad about this earlier today when I dropped my kiddos off for a playdate at my parents, and my dad was shocked. He said “Its entertainment. Isn’t that all this should be about? if you can escape for a few hours from reality and enjoy yourself?” My dad even wants to see this movie. Which is huge if you know him. He hasn’t seen a movie in the theater since Chicken Run (yes the animated film eons ago) so if he can have the right frame of mind when seeing this movie, everybody else should too.

    Since seeing the movie, I looked on FB and couldn’t believe the amount of hate this movie is getting and most of it from guys. I love how they pointed out Secret Lives of Pets beat out Ghostbusters. That has nothing to do with if the movie is good or not. I’ve seen movies that I absolutely adored that flopped horribly at the box office.

    Sorry for the rant. This is such a great post and on a subject that has me fuming since I saw the movie yesterday. I just wish this movie could be seen for exactly what you have nailed on the head. A fresh take on an old favorite movie concept with 4 smart strong fresh faced actresses taking the lead. I wonder if they would have called it something else, if it would have received all the same backfire. Sadly, probably. All I have to say is bring on the sequel! I can’t wait!

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  3. I loved all the little cameos! McKinnon and Hemsworth really stole the show for me. I’d love to see Chris in more comedies now. Now bring on the 2nd!

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