So I went and saw Ghostbusters 2016 this weekend.
Over what seems like the past half year I’ve heard nothing but hate for the concept of this movie. Responses ranged from the sensible “I don’t like Melissa McCarthy or Paul Feig” to the absolutely crazy notion that they are feminizing a piece of their child hood that should remain intact. People just seemed ready to dump on this before anyone had seen it. To be fair, McCarthy is a bit much to take and her roles in movies like I Spy and Tammy. She’s almost like the female Chris Farley and oddly when the buffoon is your buddy you are cool with it and when it’s a female it’s off putting. Add to that the extreme hit and miss nature of SNL movies have (for every Waynes World there are three McGrubers) and I understand some of the initial backlash surrounding the movie.
What I have an issue with is people bashing it because of it’s female starring cast. Statements like “feminism is destroying my childhood” to me are indicators of your own personal bias and really have no place when deciding if a film is worth the ticket price. The thought of critical acclaim for a comedy to me is also a misnomer because it’s designed to make you laugh, not think.
Now that the movie is out the critics have eased up and some have even admitted that it’s at least entertaining. A 73% Rotten Tomatoes score is probably a good sign seeing how much this movie was vilified before it was even released. At the end of the day it’s a fun retelling of an old story that you shouldn’t be taking seriously anyway.