REMEMBER THE GOOD OL’ DAYS GHOSTBUSTERS

When there’s something strange in your neighborhood, Who You Gunna Call?

And we all know how the rest goes.

The Ghostbusters reboot has recently come out, and with that comes what this writer calls Hatemageddon. The film had a rough time for itself since it was announced in 2014; it featured an all-female cast, which raised some controversy for the long-time fans.

I, myself, was skeptical of how the film would do. It only got worse as time progressed, somehow escalating to accusations of both racism and sexism. A lot of critics are split between having a burning hatred of a thousand suns, or they love it like the original. I’m happy to say that I am of the latter.

The plot was pretty straightforward in itself: Three scientists and a subway worker get together and hunt down ghosts terrorizing New York, while simultaneously trying to stop a madman from conquering the world. While it may seem somewhat similar to its predecessor, the real entertainment comes from the humor, acting and little nods to the original.

Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, Kristen Wig and Kate McKinnon killed as the new Ghostbusters, adding their own spin to the idea of ghost nerds living in New York. The awkward energy among the four characters created some interesting dynamics, making the audience wonder how it’s possible they get along in any shape or form. It’s like watching a Saturday Night Live sketch on film; interestingly enough, at least three of the actresses actually came from SNL. Along with top notch comedy, they did their best to play homage to the original, SO CUE THE CAMEOS!!!

Each cameo was individually incredible, especially for those who had watched it before. (that’s right, young folks, THIS ISN’T FOR YOU) They included everyone! From Bill Murray as a supernatural debunker to Dan Aykroyd as Ray the cab driver: Just straight up good cameos.

Getting down to the nitty gritty, there were moments where the film felt slow, but those moments were immediately followed with a comical scene. If you’re a fan of Ghostbusters, you should give the film an honest chance and watch it. Most of the critics who hated it are hating it for the wrong reasons: It was ‘sexism’ this, and ‘racism’ that. Critics like that don’t care to talk about the genuinely good and

bad aspects of a film, they just want to give their negative opinion and taint your view of the movie before it even has a chance.

Long story short, the only way to decide is to watch for yourself.

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By Leon Barnes

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