Ghostbusters ★★★

Ghostbusters was one of my favorite films when I was a lad, but to say it’s a masterpiece of cinema would be overstating it. If I watched this new version as an 11 year old, I’d definitely love it just as much as I did the original. 

The character motivations in this modern version are far more laudable and the camaraderie more pure. These ghostbusters have got each other’s back and there’s only a superficial/vestigial trace of the disgusting lechery that fueled Peter Venkman in the original. It’s probably the only sour note in this version. 

I wish I were young enough to watch this with untainted eyes. I’m not the target audience anymore, but I’m excited that the youth of today have kinder heroes who, although flawed, espouse morally defensible philosophies and work together and celebrate each other’s virtues. These are the ghostbusters we need.

This isn’t a great film, but it’s a great message and I think that’s more important. Too scary for my 2 and 5 year old boys, but in about 6 years we’ll be all in on this I hope.