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It didn't make sense to have a blogger anymore, so we moved this over here. Everything about it is decent, which overall is good enough. Parts of the movie seem flat, but for an unexpected reason. A case can be made that a large portion of the movie is steeped in female-centric culture. Now before anyone gets their sexist-asshole pitchforks out, let me be specific. Maybe if I had gone into the theater in that frame of mind, the movie would have gotten an even higher score. Because honestly, by the end of it, I really wanted more. The comfortable confines of our homes and computer screens prevent us from being forced to think about how we might be different from one another.
But even in these atmospheres, there are two intermingling cultures that are almost impossible to separate: male culture and female culture. When broken down to its bare parts, feminism is just the idea that men and women actually have separate cultures, and that in our society, male culture dominates female culture.
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I believe that the big problem with this idea is the misunderstanding of what female-centric culture really is. And I think this reboot of Ghostbusters is a really good example of that. The book focuses on the supernatural, and Gilbert is worried that the book will prevent her from getting tenure. Which it does. After a chance encounter with a ghost in a haunted mansion, Gilbert, Yates and Holtzmann start their Ghostbusters business.
They hire Kevin Hemsworth as their receptionist. After discovering a ghost in the subway, Patty Tolan Jones joins the Ghostbusters. The four of them discover a notorious plot to unleash the underworld on New York City. The very peculiar Rowan North Casey is believed to be thwarted when he commits suicide, but it turns out that this act was just another stage in his plan.
She goes from refuting a past belief, to having that belief confirmed, to not being denied validation by her peers, to putting herself in danger in order to save one of her teammates. She plays the straight man, being an avatar for the audience to view the world through. But it feels like she lacks the serious clout needed for this role. While she has her moments specifically treating Hemsworth as a piece of sex-meat , she falls just short of the leader needed. Although, not by much. They both kinda felt like they just showed up.
McKinnon, for me, is one of the gems of this movie.
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As an engineer, she creates all of the technology the Ghostbusters use to fight and capture ghosts. And I do have to say, in the sci-fi department, the design team nailed the weaponry. I want one. Of everything. McKinnon seems to be having more fun on screen, really exploring the quirks and idiosyncrasies of her character. Some have speculated that her character might be gay. I can see the speculation. But for me, she secretes sexuality on a primal level.
Even besides that, her dialogue was witty and more fitting than most of the other characters. And during the third act, she lets loose on a group of ghosts, proving without a shadow of a doubt that she is the most bad-ass Ghostbuster ever put on screen. Jones owns her role, and her charisma with McKinnon feels more like what it should have been with Wiig and McCarthy. While her reasoning for joining the Ghostbusters seems to be more than a stretch, it was an aspect I was willing to suspend my belief on, purely for the joy of seeing more of her comedy.
Hemsworth is… There are just no words for the genius of Hemsworth in this movie. I really believe Hemsworth should do more comedies. His portrayal of Rowan at the end of the movie was… Eh, horrible really. I did not believe him for one second as the villain. Another utter disappointment.
Casey is just as serviceable as Wiig and McCarthy for me. His creepiness stemmed more from his actual appearance than anything he did or said on screen. While he did a fine job as a villain, it seemed a little more cartoony than the movie called for. It should have been taken a bit darker.
Not super dark, but Casey helps remind us that where the original was made great by taking itself seriously and allowing comedy within a sci-fi movie, the new Ghostbusters reboot is a self-aware irony; a comedy allowing sci-fi. The movie itself, as a whole, is good. In our overall society, man is dominate. He is normal. Therefore, anything not man should be viewed as less and treated as different. Rowan North is not manly. This is one of the largest arguments for equality within feminism.
It must be one of the most frustrating aspects of being a woman. While the movie right now might tank horribly in theaters, I can see it being viewed as a pioneering endeavor thirty years from now. Take for instance the relationship between Erin and Kevin. To Erin, Kevin is only a sexy piece of meat. There are numerous times throughout the movie where the Ghostbusters address Kevin by his physical attributes rather than as an individual.
Erin is flustered around him and makes a handful of references about having sex with him. Hemsworth does an exceptionally good job playing it off as comedy. When we look at the problem in this way, it takes the blame off of men and puts it on the role. The ability to do this makes it easier to address the problem and hopefully create solutions.
Trying to win an argument by placing blame on a single group is also a product of the patriarchal system, and until we being to think differently about these issues, we will never fix the problem. Another really good peek into female-centric culture is a scene involving a thanksgiving-style ghost parade. Holtzmann, Patty and Abby come across the parade and make a reference about normally liking this kind of thing. They fight them off with their Proton Packs, only to be smothered by the last one in line. Patty and Abby both make comments about being uncomfortable while Holtzmann makes a comment about a dream where she dies this way.
How many horror stories have you heard about a group of women going to the club for a night of dancing and being barraged by an endless wave of over-inflated buffoons? It might be easy to read into that by the way I wrote this blog. What I watched was a movie made by women, for everyone.
When I realized this about myself and the way I was viewing the movie, I remembered something. The lens with which we consume our media is just as important as the media itself. Or we can actually try to understand what it is that Feig and crew created, and appreciate it for what it is. This week, we sit down and talk through one of the greatest science fiction movies of all time: Terminator 2. This week: We do a breakdown of The Crow, a really intense story about death and loss. This week: We discuss a new publication from one of our favorite writers, Ed Brubaker, Velvet.
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