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Not Your Original Ghostbusters

I will start out by saying that I am probably in the minority, but I enjoyed the new Ghostbusters movie – I had fun watching it and it kept me entertained. Does it have its share of problems? Yes, but the places where it was lacking did not ruin my enjoyment of watching it. Now one of the first things that I do want to point out is that this is very different movie from the original Ghostbusters movie. I am not going to spend this review trying to compare the two because in my opinion they were just too different from each other. I understand why people are comparing them because this is the Ghostbusters for a new generation and this could be the only Ghostbusters that some kids know. At the same time I want to judge this movie for what it is.

That being said I really did enjoy this movie, it was a fun time and I don’t feel like it was a waste of my time or money. The big thing for me was that I really liked all of the four main characters, but there were definitely pieces of the story that were lacking.

Minor spoilers follow!

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Ghostbusters – the worst movie trailer ever?

When I was seeing news about a reviled trailer for the Ghostbusters movie I figured that a new trailer had hit and that it was truly bad. So I went and looked, and… nope. Just the same one.

A trailer that has over 31 million views, over 230,000 likes right now, and over 740,000 dislikes.

I mean, that’s approaching the levels of something like Rebecca Black’s Friday. Meaning either a) it’s being shared around because it’s so bad and others are agreeing and disliking it… or b) it’s being deliberately targeted with bad blood to dislike it.

Ask the director, Paul Feig, and it seems he has an answer on that. I found the quote on The Mary Sue, but reading the original interview piece was more revealing.

It’s sad to hear a statement like that about Geek Culture, but at the same time, can you blame him? Some of what I liked in the original interview is the list of movies he’s done, with Melissa McCarthy as well: BridesmaidsThe HeatSpy, and now Ghostbusters. And I will admit, we love all of those movies. The grossout of Bridesmaids isn’t my normal sort of humor, but The Heat we absolutely love, and we watched Spy recently and wanted to blog on it but just haven’t yet…

Quick thoughts on Spy: it reminded us a lot of the recent Get Smart (in fact, we watched Get Smart the week after and were amazed how much they are reminiscent). However, unlike Get Smart, where the new spy is competent but ends up with a lot of slapstick and accident sort of jokes around him. Melissa McCarthy in Spy is competent and a lot of the jokes are around people not expecting her to be competent, things like her awful cover identities.

So was the Ghostbusters trailer the best thing ever? Nah. Are there legitimate reasons someone might not be happy for the movie? Sure – we’re tired of reboots, why is it a reboot instead of a 30-years-later, it’s looking like a grosser movie than the originals… But I mean, the original was made by a bunch of comedians, and this one’s a bunch of comedians. It’s 30 years later, things change. But do I think these are the reasons why trolls are trolling and disliking this movie trailer? Nope.

Do I trust Paul Feig, with that track record of movies, to deliver? Do I trust that cast to deliver? Yes, I do. Do you?

Melissa McCarthy Lip Sync Battle

I have loved Melissa McCarthy ever since I watched her as Sookie in Gilmore Girls. I have heard of people saying that she is type cast, but I have enjoyed her in everything she has been in and if you have not watched Spy yet I highly recommend it. Until then here is Melissa McCarthy on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon competing in a Lip Sync Battle.