Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Ghostbusters trailer controversy and my thoughts



A little while ago, the AVGN nerd aka James Rolfe posted a video about why he had no intention of reviewing the ghostbusters movie, which I will link to here. The result was an angry feminist backlash accusing Rolfe of being sexist, even though he really wasn't. Imagine, someone posting an opinion of facebook and there's a fan backlash. Who would have guessed? Since I'm a female nerd, I thought I would give my two cents on the subject, and here it is:

James Rolfe is (mostly right), and the feminists needs to calm down.

I get the anger, though. There are so few action or comedy movies with an all-female cast, so we're naturally inclined to defend what little we have. Here's the problem though-if the movie is crap, then it deserves to be called out as crap. I'm still going to call a spade a spade. The fact that it's an all-female cast doesn't factor into it. Women can act just fine in a solo lead-the alien series was defined by Ripley, or Rey from Star Wars if you want a more recent example. So the issue is with the writing and not the switching of the genders.

So what do I personally think of the Ghostbusters trailers? My reaction is mostly just 'meh', but here are a few things I like:

1. I am going to go against popular opinion and say that I actually like the special effects. A lot of people say they look horrible, but I do appreciate how colorful it is.

2. Leslie Jones, which so far seems to be the only ghostbuster that has any type of funny personality

3. Chris Hemsworth as Kevin. I'm not a huge fan of Thor, but I do like his portrayal in this one.

Things I don't like:

1. Kevin. I know I said I just like him, but why did they make his character so dumb? This is more obvious in the third trailer where he can't tell the difference between a telephone in a tank and a telephone he needs to pick up on the desk. Why did the movie have to dumb down the only male lead in this movie? That didn't happen with Janine (at least in the movies). Did the director literally tell Chris Hemsworth to act as Thor arriving on Earth for the first time and having no idea how normal everyday items work?

2. All the other ghostbusters. I might withhold my judgement on Kate McKinnon, who actually hasn't voiced many lines in the trailer and seems to be going for a 'nerdy but sadistic' approach. Melissa McCarthy is just all right if they were trying to make her the female version of Ray Stanz, but that doesn't bring anything new to the table. By far the worst seems to be Kristin Wigg, who doesn't seem to have any personality at all and spends most of her time blankly looking at things.

3. Whether or not this is a reboot or a sequel. The first trailer confused a lot of people with the tagline '30 years ago, four scientists saved New York'. So, are they going to remember the events of the first movie or not, especially since they are repeating a lot of it? Also, last I checked Winston isn't a scientist.

4. The humor. This is also what a lot of people have an issue with. The humor is just lukewarm at best.

I disagree with James Rolfe as to not seeing a movie. Just as you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, a good trailer can sometimes hide a bad movie. So perhaps a bad trailer can hide a good movie? I am still going to see it, and maybe there might be a gem somewhere in this film.

But I kind of doubt it.

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