If ‘Ghostbusters’ is a feminist victory, feminist pop culture is doomed
Washington Post
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I’ve addressed this issue with 2016 version of Ghostbuster in my own article. I wanted to root for this film and after sitting nearly two hours into it, I never laughed one bit. This wasn’t a remake but an entirely different film that took segments from the first. And even though there were four female leads with comedic skills, I blame the writer and the director for languishing the cast to spewing out cliched lines and making so many horrible mistakes in the writing. I liked Melissa McCarthy in the spy movie and Boss, she was funny in that. But this vehicle did not serve her skill set well. Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon’s part had you wondering why the director didn’t let them be themselves because we’ve seen what they can do when they have shined brightly in the past but we didn’t get that either. I would have to disagree with your assessment of the Leslie ones character, yes she was to a degree in a minstrel role. I’ve never found her funny on SNL, the loud woman who wants ti intimidate you into laughing. She had the stereotypical part of the blue collar worker who is urban street savvy as oppose to her counterparts who are all scientist. Why couldn’t she be a scientist or something other than the usual city employee with a limited education?And then there were the cameo from the original cast. I went in thinking that their roles would have been a continuation form the old movie. It was the complete opposite. And the Bill Murray character gets murdered. and here is the crust of why the Internet trolls won this argument, there were no memorable lines that were quotable like the original film. Can you think of one line from the 2016 version that you can think of? I thought so. The original had line that became a part of the American lexicon; He slimed me; dogs and cats living together; there is no Dana only Zule; I am the keymaster. It seems like the original the guys had fun and it translated to the film and to the audience. With the 2016 version, you don’t see that. It was a mean film in a way. I looked at this film honestly. I didn’t care if women were in the part, I cared about the funny. Was it funny? Unfortunately no. I was a former comedy writer for 5 years who wrote for a four hour live top market radio show five days a week. I understand comedy. I understand the three roll. I had top comedian roll through town to promote themselves at the local comedy stores. It’s a process. So after watching this 2016 version, maybe social media has changed the way we look at films today. The first one didn’t have that exposure from social media but it was a much funnier product. So here we are in this social media generation where a film can either live or die by the click of an app. Ghostbuster 2016 was not about feminism is was about commerce. It came in at number two at the box office and slowly faded away.