Ghostbusters and Girl Power

Alex Stone, Entertainment Editor

Ever since the Ghostbusters remake was announced, misogynistic men have wanted to see the film crash and burn. Women are crucified for the most obsolete things, even using the puppy filter on Snapchat can leave you branded a ‘hoe’. So when the all female leads were announced, and later when the trailer dropped on YouTube, the women hating community collectively got their tighty whities in a bunch, and the trailer soon become the most disliked trailer in YouTube history.

Folks took to defending the honor of the 1984 Ghostbusters film, stating the remake is a disgrace to the iconicism and childhood memories created by the original, even though every live original Ghostbuster approves of, and made cameos in the film. Before the movie even premiered, film rating sites were flooded with 1 star ratings. Almost 40,000 men have rated Ghostbusters on IMDB, and the average rating is 4.9/10. 13,000 women have rated the movie, and their average rating is 7.7/10. This 2.8 star, and almost 27,000 review discrepancy proves that the current 5.5/10 isn’t truly showing what the film has to offer.

As an individual who wants to work in movies I think no movie ever deserves 1 star. I think it is disrespectful to the medium that is film making, unless the movie is literal garbage (Slaughtered Vomit Dolls), snuff (Faces Of Death), or promoting hate/a hateful agenda (The Birth of a Nation). No matter how bad a movie is, some aspect of it isn’t. A film has endless layers to it. The writing, acting, soundtrack, cinematography, etc., there’s almost an endless amount of different ways artistry can be showcased. So when I see a 1 star rating of a movie that is filled with talented people working to create the best film they can, I just can’t respect that review.

Ghostbusters is an immensely enjoyable, laugh a minute film, with interesting, relatable and extremely likable characters. This film was made well. There is no reason that it should get less than 6 stars, just based on technical merit. The film itself is visually pretty, a great color scheme and good cinematography, and I really the design of the ghosts. I loved the plot, I love the girl power energy weaved throughout the movie and most of all, I love Jillian Holtzmann, Kate McKinnon’s character. Every actress brings their A game, accentuating this film even more. Most importantly, the chemistry between the four leads is stupendous, onscreen and off.
To say it simply, go see this movie. It’s universally enjoyable, and definitely one of the summer’s best films.