erin’s review published on Letterboxd:
Since Paul Feig announced he was making a reboot of the 80’s blockbuster Ghostbusters in 2014, the internet has been taken by storm, and not in a positive way. When Sony released the first trailer for the new Ghostbusters film, it was quickly bestowed as the most disliked film trailer on the whole of YouTube. The comment section quickly became a frenzy of negativity that was simply unprecedented in trailer history. Surely this couldn’t possibly have anything to do with the film featuring four women as the Ghostbusting leads, could it? Not in 2016?
After Manhattan gets flooded with ghosts, two high school friends and paranormal researchers Erin Gilbert and Abby Yates (Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids) who are co-authors of a book which proposes the existence of spectral entities turn to eccentric engineer Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live) and MTA worker who was chased by a ghost, Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones, Saturday Night Live) for help, forming the Ghostbusters.
Directed by the wonderful Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, Spy) who is no stranger when it comes to women’s comedy, it was safe to say this film held high expectations.
Created 32 years after the original Hollywood classic, Ghostbusters paid tribute to the 80’s blockbuster with references and cameos, whilst also being completely original and its own twist on the ghost theme.
Paul Feig and Katie Dippold wrote a wonderfully hilarious script that served as a base for a lot of funny improvisation. This was helped by the obvious chemistry between the cast that was evident throughout all of the scenes. One character who shone as a surprisingly hilarious comedian was none other than the dim-witted yet loveable receptionist, Kevin Beckman. (Chris Hemsworth, Thor)
Paul Feig was also very clever to make excellent use of the gender-focused, misogynistic trolls and managed to spin and use it completely to the film’s advantage, even by including hateful quotes in the film itself.
The film was edited in a mind-blowing fashion. The stunning visuals were done in such a way that the proton streams would come out and land in a black section at the bottom of the screen so it was like you were watching it in 3D even if it you weren’t.
The film also had a great score and soundtrack, with some songs that came straight from the original film, including the classic ‘Ghostbusters’ by Ray Parker, Jr.
Another aspect of the film I found very monumental was the relevance it has in today’s media. Whilst there may be lots of middle aged men claiming that this film ruined their childhood, I think it was imperative that we have this female representation in the media because it gives young girls and boys alike someone that they can look up to and relate to. Building on this was the openly gay character, Holtzmann, who has given lots of young people the confidence they needed to embrace their true selves. Even when it came down to the little things like the modest jumpsuits the women wore, it was obvious that this film has made a huge impact on lots of people.
It is safe to say that this film has made significant progress for women that was entirely needed, not only in Hollywood, but for women everywhere and can inspire an entire generation. These 4 women have quite literally redefined the term ‘badass.’