The new Ghostbusters team is dwarfed by an overturned firetruck in the street, equipment at the ready.


Saw the new Ghostbusters on opening night!! I’ve never seen a movie at the theatre where people clapped about 10 times during the show, when gear or familiar cast members appear. I think it is a great success and a fun movie to watch anytime. My only regret is that it won’t come out on VHS – my copy of Joe Dirt is wearing out and I could use a new movie to watch 8 million times…The new Ghostbusters team is dwarfed by an overturned firetruck in the street, equipment at the ready.Melissa McCarthy, Kristin Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon crack up on set of Ghostbusters 2016

Hemsworth in Ghostbusters

Leslie Jones, Ernie Hudson and Melissa McCarthy on set of Ghostbusters

I’m taking this opportunity – the one where I write a blog – to address the reaction to the $45 million opening weekend.

That’s a good opening.  I know it’s hard, media, but try to remember that there were two straight years of production and post while an unknowable, public and persistent vitriol varied only in the degree, never wavering from skewering this film sight unseen.  The director and cast have had to avoid social media or else be subjected to some of the most awful things human beings can say to one another.  Do you think this movie would have opened better if that hadn’t been the case, or if that hadn’t been so strong?  There has been pushback each step of the way, only because a movie is remade with a female cast.

Roger Ebert’s website has some fantastic takes on why this might be:

I Ain’t Afraid of No Ghosts (Unless They’re Women) 

A compilation of reviews defending the new “Ghostbusters” film

Women’s work: the new “Ghostbusters” 

This movie is trying to kill these women, but they endure

The Real Reason Men of a Certain Age Hate the “Ghostbusters” Remake

The new “Ghostbusters” film brings a battle between distorted nostalgia and the power of a child’s imagination

In any case, I really loved the movie and am pretty miffed that there’s a faction of people that want to stamp it out.  It would be funny if it weren’t so sad (and potentially ruining fun for me).  I hope the cast, creators, distributors and studio executives stick it out and persevere for the long haul.  I’d like to see a sequel – and hope that the time comes when the mere act of filming a regular old summer comedy remake does not cause an international frenzy.  But that can only happen when studios put MORE femake (was a typo but does describe remaking classic films with female leads) on the screens.

Who knows… it may even cause $46 million worth of people’s money to be spent there in one weekend!


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