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July 27th, 2016
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Really liked the new Ghostbusters
Following up on a previous discussion: I saw the new Ghostbusters movie yesterday.

The short review is that I was delighted by it. While the dialogue wasn’t as quotable, the good humor and enthusiasm from the main characters was a tremendous amount of fun. I’m not going to say they resembled scientists, but they were the best presentation of benign mad scientists I’ve ever seen. They’re driven by curiosity about what’s really going on.

They scratched an itch that any number of kickass superheroines haven’t gotten near– I think it’s that they were fairly ordinary-looking and what they did was physically plausible.

I think the reason the trailers bored me to the point where I wasn’t going to see the movie is that their clips are so short and somewhat focused on slapstick, while what I liked about the movie was interaction between the characters.

In regards to the “blond bimbo” male receptionist: Goddamn, you can’t believe anything you read on the net. He isn’t blond (brown hair with some bleach). For most of the movie, it seemed more plausible to me that he was taking the piss rather than actually stupid.

I’ve seen a claim that he was the only major male character. Actually, Rowan (apocalypse guy) was pretty major, though possibly the actor wasn’t quite good enough for the role.

A lot of the movie was about status, notably that the people in charge are assholes who want grovelling (initial sequence about Erin not getting tenure) and are completely unwilling to acknowledge the existence of ghosts.

Again, the black character is the most sensible person. I expect that she’ll learn physics and become a more equal member of the team.

A number of the monsters in the long fight sequence at the end (possibly a little too long, but nothing compared to Peter Jackson’s excesses) were satisfyingly scary.

As is usual with special effects movies, you should stay all the way to the end. Not only are there more and better jokes than most movies have after the “end”, but the only song I liked was next to the last during the credits.

I’d like to see Ghostbuster movies made with people from more demographics for the ghostbusting team, assuming they were made with as much care as this one.

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From:wild_irises
Date:July 27th, 2016 07:12 pm (UTC)
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The best comment I've seen about Chris Hemsworth's character (from metaphortunate on Dreamwidth) is that he didn't imitate a blond bimbo; rather he was a very male dumb secretary: comfortable, entitled, cool in the face of his own incompetence. I thought that was fascinating.

I do wish people would talk more about Lesley Jones' existing contributions to the team, most particularly her in-depth and useful knowledge of New York City history and geography.

And I liked Rowan's character more than you did. Besides, I can tolerate a lot of movies with one or no major male characters (just as RBG says about the Supreme Court).
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From:nancylebov
Date:July 27th, 2016 07:32 pm (UTC)
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I don't think Rowan was badly done, but I don't think the acting was as good as the other major characters.
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From:malkingrey
Date:July 27th, 2016 09:43 pm (UTC)
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I do wish people would talk more about Lesley Jones' existing contributions to the team, most particularly her in-depth and useful knowledge of New York City history and geography.

Right. The team already has physicists. Patty is the team historian/geographer who also handles a mean proton pack. We don't all have to go into STEM fields in order to be good feminists ghostbusters -- the world also needs the liberal arts.
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From:vvalkyri
Date:July 31st, 2016 06:28 am (UTC)
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That is a fascinating thought re dumb guy being very different from stereotypical dumb gal
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From:madfilkentist
Date:July 27th, 2016 07:46 pm (UTC)
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This sounds like a movie I'll have to see eventually. I haven't gone to a theater for a newly released movie in a year and a half, so it may be a while. (Tonight I'm planning to watch Zootopia.)
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From:nancylebov
Date:July 27th, 2016 07:52 pm (UTC)
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Zootopia definitely benefits from the big screen-- wonderful landscapes and cityscapes.

The new Ghostbusters gets some good out of the big screen-- some fine monsters-- but it's more of a people movie. You wouldn't lose as much by seeing it at home.
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From:sodyera
Date:July 29th, 2016 10:18 pm (UTC)
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I walked in on the second half of the movie after being blown away by STAR TREK: BEYOND in 3D IMAX. Ghostbusters was amusing rather then LOL. I caught the cameos of Dan Ackroyd, Slimer and the Stay-Puf Marshmallow man, as well as the animated GB logo who turned into a monster. The cast didn't impress me, though; the child in the seat in front of me was having more fun than me. The phrase "pointless remake" comes easily to mind.
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