July 18, 2016

MILO SAVAGES LADY GHOSTBUSTERS, dubs it “Teenage Boys With Tits: Here’s My Problem With Ghostbusters.” Actually, he spots lots of problems with it, after taking one for the team and suffering through the movie to write his review:

I’ll skip over the vacuous and incoherent plot. You won’t understand it watching the movie and you won’t understand it reading my summary so who cares. This, unlike any movie I’ve ever seen before, seems to have been conceived entirely out of spite, with the result that its plot is largely irrelevant.

Let’s focus on how this movie will be interrogated by audiences: its style and politics. The weak, Twitter-style feminist quips come off as lame, unfunny, and resentful. This is especially puzzling in light of the women in the original movies, who captured the range of tough broads one finds in New York City.

Janine even acted as a Ghostbuster in the cartoon series, without it being hailed as a revolutionary act of feminist girl power. What we are left with is a movie to help lonely middle-aged women feel better about themselves after being left on the shelf. It’s an overpriced self-esteem device for women betrayed by the lies of third-wave feminism.

Read the whole thing.

Related: “Ghostbusters Busted! The all-female reboot debuts in No 2 at the weekend box office spot with $46m in ticket sales: Although it’s the best debut for a live action comedy in over a year, it’s a disappointing result for the blockbuster that cost Sony $144 million to make and millions more to market, according to Variety.”

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