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Saying Boo-yah to the Bros

We saw the new Ghostbusters yesterday.  Most of the pre-release pub about it was negative and misogynistic, driven by fanboys of the 80s original who were shocked, SHOCKED! that they'd cast chicks in the coveralls of their favorite nerds.

Despite the fact that the three living actors from that set were supportive and did cameos in the picture (and the daughter of the fourth, the late Harold Ramis, said that her dad was always open to a reboot with diverse casting- suggesting a foursome of Harold and Kumar's Kal Penn, Chris Rock, Jack Black and Maya Rudolph). Despite there being no way to put the toothpaste of the original incarnation back in the tube- or the ghosts back in the trap, I suppose.  No, this was pure Sad Puppies hatred at work, and it got into the press and into some serious IMDB downvoting before any of them even saw the film.

Moneywise, it did fine on opening weekend- making back 46 of its 150 million budget in the first three days, and beating everything except the equally anticipated and promoted Secret Life of Pets (which we also want to see). Plotwise, it was as good as it was gonna get: tracking the original, with plenty of homages to in-script and off-screen things, but still being different enough to not be a scene-by-scene redo.  Best of all, though, was the quality of the four main performances.  These grrls got it- and they get it.  Whereas the Original Three scientists mostly came across as horny fraudsters who only got serious when Zuul virtually tripped in front of them, these three are serious, if not entirely believers, right from the get-go. They're also more honest about embracing their nerdiness, which winds up being the bond that overcomes the initial conflict between Abby and Erin.  The actual bustin' scenes are nothing to write home about, scriptwise or effectwise, but then neither were the ones in the original.  It was the characters' reactions to the devastation around them that made those scenes work- and the same reactions here have the same effect, CGI-enhanced or not.  (One particular homage I enjoyed, which I haven't seen mentioned, was Melissa McCarthy(?) dragging a hotel dining room table through a hallway and having the tablecloth come off it- reprising Bill Murray's moment with a similar table in a similar hotel).

If there's a quibble, it would be in the roles given to the supporting cast.  Chris Hemsworth is cute in performing essentially two of the roles from the original film, but they could've done more with him in both capacities.  There's no real villain who's either as evil as Zuul or as bureaucratically stupid as the EPA guy from the original.  And oddly enough, I thought the best cameos were the ones from the supporting cast members- Potts, Hudson and Weaver- all briefer and funnier than the lines fed to Dan and Bill.

Sort-of spoiler about the Blow The City Up scene:

The Times Square scene comes after over an hour of fairly heavy-handed Sony product placement- including of lots of Sony electronics- so it was weird seeing the area the way I remember it from the Bad Old Days of my teenish years rather than how Disneyfied it now is. Woolworth's, Bond clothing, Mama Leone's, and a theatrical screening of the chop-sockey classic Fists of Fury are all on offer. I searched for an explanation, and the best one I could find was this:

My favorite part of the Ghostbusters reboot: Jefferson Sage’s production design during the movie’s climax in which the specters that plague Manhattan are not simply ghosts and goblins but Times Square’s storied and sometimes notorious past. A billboard crawl reports news from the Carter era. A movie theater marquee advertises The Godfather (1972). Bond’s, a men’s clothing store that morphed into a nightclub where The Clash famously played a set of shows in 1981, looks much as it did in postcards dating from the mid-1960s. Woolworth’s lives again. A billboard advertises “Beyond the Fringe,” an English revue starring Peter Cook and Dudley Moore that played on Broadway in the early 1960s.

Ghostbusters is far funnier than the dire trailers would lead anyone to believe with some truly outstanding work from Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Chris Hemsworth, but nothing in it is more inspired than Sage’s recreation of Midtown’s past allure. All those yesterdays merge together into a pretty glorious ghost.

So the ghostiness gets not only into the spirits and spooks but into the very buildings.  I like it:)

The music is great- respecting but rebooting Ray Parker Junior in multiple ways. Finally, stay through the credits (themselves well done with outtakes and bustin' moves)- there's a brief but possibly sequel-promising end scene.

Who'm I gonna call? The bros- and I'm calling them asshats for not wanting this:P

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angledge From: angledge Date: July 18th, 2016 06:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
I want to seeee this. Maybe I'll see if my SFF women's book club wants to go. :-D
weebleswobble From: weebleswobble Date: July 19th, 2016 01:19 am (UTC) (Link)
glad to hear it! my mom wants to see the ghostbusters reboot and i was a bit leery having heard negative stuff. but the previews i've seen have all been good.

and thanks for the heads up about staying thru the credits.
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