GHOSTBUSTERS (2016)

11 July 2016


WHO YOU GONNA CALL? GHOSTBUSTERS! Yes. I have been excited for quiiiite some time for this film to come out (basically since Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Melissa McCarthy were all announced as the leads). Although I was nervous because there was such backlash about the film and it being female ghostbusters...shock horror, women doing the job which men done in the previous incarnations of the film! Holy moly, what kind of radical idea is that? I'll admit now. The originals were okay, but I don't get the hype over them. But seeing how angry people were getting once they saw the teaser trailer, saying how it had ruined their childhood (a bit dramatic, don't you think?) It just made me more excited to see the film. The way people were acting was as though all copies of the original films had been burnt and were never to be seen again! If you don't want to see the film, then guess what? Don't. Nobody is forcing you! Simple.


Guys, let me tell you something. I'm a little in love with all these women. Seriously. I loved the film, and I hope the haters realise that you don't need to get all angry when something you love is redone...although it was a new script, with new characters. Those that have left horrible comments on basically every tweet and video regarding the film...they act like Ghostbusters I supposed to be a masterpiece when in reality? IT'S ALWAYS BEEN A FUN FRANCHISE. Sorry, but would you say the song we all know and love is something sombre and serious? Hell no! You always have to sing along. It's an iconic film, but for being fun. That's like me getting angry at the fact there will be a Mary Poppins film coming out (but to be honest I'm hella excited for that). It's supposed to be a bit silly. This version will bring a younger, newer generation to the Ghostbusters franchise and I think that's brilliant. Have you seen the pictures of Kristen Wiig with the little girls at the world premiere? IT MADE ME SMILE SO MUCH. It's like when The Force Awakens came out, and little girls were inspired by Rey. Just imagine how many little girls (and boys) this film will inspire! This is who the film was made for, not those who can't get over the fact that it's being made for this generation. Not them. It's not the 80s.

Anyway, onto the film itself! I was mainly excited to see the film because of Kate McKinnon playing Jillian Holtzmann, as it's her first big role in a film. Also I have a humongous crush on her. Also, Holtzmann's style is actual wardrobe goals. (I was sat there wondering which outfit would be the easiest to cosplay). The entire cast was fabulous and it's nice to see women being...women, you know? Not sexualised, but just doing their job! I feel that it was perfectly cast as Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and Leslie Jones, as well as Kate obviously have worked together in some shape or form, on Saturday Night Live...so the chemistry between the characters felt just right and not awkward in any way, if that makes sense. Also, I relate to Kevin (Chris Hemsworth) on a spiritual level. I am certain that I am that dim.

Holtzmann was definitely my favourite character. I am 98% certain she's gay and I love it. Like, every time she looked at Erin, I was totally shipping it. Also, the fact that Kate is gay just makes me happy? As in, it's great that there is LGBT representation of sorts on screen, with someone who identifies as gay. Also, young'uns will get to see this character that seems to be attracted to women...okay, and Kevin. I think it's great. But yes, her flirting with the other ladies, especially Erin was THE best. I lost it when she started dancing to some music as she worked on her inventions and Erin was like "Oh wait, okay...you're dancing?" And she grabs blowtorches and just starts dancing with those. I somehow feel me and her share similar dance moves? Call me McKinnon, we can have a dance-off. 

Also, if you've seen the clip in the trailer where she licks the gun? The scene that follows is freakin' epic and I was internally screaming because I don't think everyone else watching the film would appreciate me doing so out loud. It was so awesome and I wanted to be like "THAT IS WHY FEMALE GHOSTBUSTERS ARE FREAKIN' AWESOME AND WE NEED MORE FEMALE LEAD ROLES IN FILMS"

The villain was a bit boring, but I'm not too fussed. He was alright but a little stereotypical in being the loner. But at the end of the day, it's not a deal breaker. Plus they probably didn't want to make the villain too evil, because obviously the audience would consist of kids, seeing as it's a 12A. If people are looking that deeply into a film that is about people chasing after ghosts? They need to reevaluate their lives.

OHHHH, THE CAMEOS. Throughout the film, there were cameos from previous Ghostbusters and it was a nice little touch. I loved the sudden whispering I'd hear from people sat nearby when they were pointing out to a friend or partner that it was so and so....I especially loved the one in the credits. Like, I am sure a slight shriek came out because it was epic and I need more scenes with that person in and Holtzmann. It was awesome, and I preferred the subtle cameos, compared to Absolutely Fabulous which had way too many, which made me lose interest quickly. I also loved the nods to the haters (basically saying that they aren't worth anyone's time). 

Overall, it was left in a way that would could (and should) get another film after this. It didn't leave it on a cliffhanger, but it has you wanting more. I came out the cinema smiling and happy that it exceeded my expectations, and hope people (and kids) enjoy it as much as those who saw the original films in the 80s. It also shows you that yes, women are funny - which we knew anyway, but some people seem to be blind to that fact. If you want a fun film with four female leads (and Chris Hemsworth), then I'd definitely recommend the film.

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